Death of Makandure Madush: Sri Lanka’s ties with INTERPOL in serious crisis after CCD operation!

In the event that Makandure Madush, a suspect who had been transferred to Sri Lanka in the interference of International Police (INTERPOL) and in compliance with its rules and regulations, was killed in a gunshot under the custody of Sri Lanka Police Department, the relations between Sri Lanka Police and INTERPOL have faced a serious crisis, sources said.

Madush was deported to Sri Lanka through an international Red Warrant obtained from INTERPOL.

A Police department requires a Red Warrant from INTERPOL in the objective of deporting a suspect back to their soil. Having the consent of INTERPOL member countries, some states arrest the accused and extradite them to the applicant country, while some states seek information on the accused and inform the applicant country.

When Madush was arrested in Dubai in the allegation of possessing drugs, Sri Lanka had forwarded the Red Warrant obtained for his return to Dubai Police. Dubai Police had forwarded it to the Dubai branch of INTERPOL, after which INTERPOL had informed that Madush can be deported to Sri Lanka, if Dubai chooses to.

INTERPOL had communicated the decision with Sri Lanka, and a group of officials including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and an Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Office visited Dubai, to brief Dubai Police on the suspect’s extradition to Sri Lanka.

Given observation to the briefing, Dubai Police had agreed to deport Madush, but the suspect had requested the Dubai authorities not to send him to Sri Lanka in the risk of any event that he would be killed without being tried before Court.

The Dubai authorities nevertheless had denied Madush’s request and had him deported to Sri Lanka in the confidence of a strong diplomatic tie with the island. The suspect’s request was denied on the basis of assurances given by the legal authorities of Sri Lanka. Madush was deported to Sri Lanka subject to INTERPOL’s rules and regulations.

However, in the killing of Makandure Madush, his long predicted warning has turned out to be true, thereby falsifying the statements made by the Sri Lankan authorities.

This event alone has led into a situation where a strong argument is built before INTERPOL that Sri Lanka is not a country that protects the rights of the accused. Thus INTERPOL is likely to deny further requests made by Sri Lanka on the issuance of Red Warrants on behalf of certain individuals to be deported. On the other hand, analysts pointed out that there is a high probability that accused persons of Sri Lankan origin under Red Warrants will be excluded from the process without being extradited to Sri Lanka, despite arrest.

INTERPOL has a separate unit operated under a separate commissioner to review international Red Warrants issued on suspects. In any event that a defendant of Sri Lankan origin under a Red Warrant lodges a complaint with this unit, chances are high that INTERPOL may withdraw the Red Warrant the defendant is bound to.

The consequences of this chain reaction may even be more serious than expected, and we wish to discuss this matter in depth in a future artice.

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