The Department of Immigration has informed the court that the Minister of State for Tourism, Diana Gamage, is a British citizen and her Sri Lankan visa expired in 2014.
According to the immigration department’s records and documents, it is stated that ‘Nayana Samanmali’ alias Diana Natasha Kekanadura alias Diana Gamage is a British citizen.
However, in January 2014, she obtained a Sri Lankan passport using a fake birth certificate and national identity card.
Immigration officials told the court through the Criminal Investigation Department that she was not a holder of “dual citizenship” but a holder of an illegal Sri Lankan passport with British citizenship.
After these facts were revealed before the Colombo Chief Magistrate, the Chief Magistrate decided to continue this case.
Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate informed the officers of the Criminal Investigation Department to analyze the facts and take the necessary steps to finish this judicial matter soon.
Nishantha Silva, the former police inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department, who conducted the investigation based on a complaint submitted to the Criminal Investigation Department regarding Diana Gamage’s dual citizenship, was ready to reveal these facts before the court, when he received an emergency transfer from the Criminal Investigation Department.
Due to this, these facts were not revealed before the court, and later, Police Inspector Nishantha de Silva left Sri Lanka, facing death threats.