bend rules for diplomatic Benz
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has refused permission for a Sri
Lankan High Commissioner to bring down a luxury Mercedes Benz car
over and above the engine capacity permitted to be imported by ordinary
tough decision taken by President Kumaratunga follows a previous
decision by the government to refuse permission for a Sri Lankan
businessman who also served as High Commissioner in the same city
to bring a Mercedes for the same reason.
issue of Sri Lankan diplomats serving in foreign capitals wanting
to bring down vehicles ordinary citizens living in the country are
not permitted to import was canvassed in the Supreme Court. The
Supreme Court ruled that Sri Lankan diplomats did not have special
privileges to break the law.
least one cabinet minister has tried to intervene in the matter
on behalf of the High Commissioner, but President Kumaratunga has
stood firm and refused to exercise her Presidential powers on the