Emirates flight held up for 45 mts until Namal gets passport cleared

Passengers on board on an Emirates flight from Colombo to Dubai on Sunday were held up for 45 minutes as a cabinet minister had not got his name clear through the Immigration counter.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa who had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport to depart to Dubai on Sunday morning was told by the immigration officials that is name had been blocked due to a court order.

They were referring to a travel ban imposed over a money laundering case amounting to Rs. 30 million through Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited.

However, on February 27, 2020, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on on Rajapaksa.

However, the Department of Immigration and Emigration counter had said they did not have any information about the lifting of the suspension.

However, after they had confirmation that the suspension was lifted, they allowed Mr Rajapaksa to travel with seven others including state Minister D.V.Chanaka.

As a result the Emirates flight due to take off at 10.00 am was delayed by 45 minutes.

The usual procedure would have been for the flight to take off on time as they do not delay flights for such matters.

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