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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 - 18:45
Angoda Lokka said to have escaped during Dubai hotel raid
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Police have discovered that a notorious organized criminal group leader, Angoda Lokka had also been present at the birthday party when it was raided to arrest 25 suspects including Makandure Madush.

Coincidentally, Angoda Lokka is said to have left the banquet for a smoke.

Hearing the police raid, he is said to have fled the scene while his accomplices were arrested.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament today that the Dubai government would take legal action against the organized criminal group leader, Makandure Madush who was arrested in Dubai yesterday.

Meanwhile, the State Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry started diplomatic talks with the United Arab Emirates government this morning to extradite arrested Madush Lakshitha aka Makandure Madush to Sri Lanka.

At the same time, senior STF officer stated that the Dubai police are further questioning the 25 suspects including Makandure Madush.

A Dubai newspaper Khaleej Times reported today that there is also a diplomatic passport holder among the suspects.

25 members with links to organized criminal groups including Makandure Madush were arrested during a birthday party held at a hotel in Dubai yesterday.

Several organized criminal group leaders as well as a popular vocalist; Amal Perera and his son Nadimal Perera are also among the arrested.

Police seized some narcotics including heroin and cocaine in the possession of the suspects at the time of the arrest.

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