Norwegian who claimed Iranian nationality: Norway FM mum
Norway declined to comment on the recent arrest of a Norwegian national who identified himself as an Iranian in northern Sri Lanka on Dec 17, 2019.
When it was inquired with the mission of Norway in Sri Lanka about the arrest of a Norwegian passport holder, as to why he identified himself as an Iranian and whether Sri Lanka got in touch with Norway in this regard, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communications Advisor Guri Solberg has stated that “Due to the Norwegian legislation of secrecy, the Foreign Service cannot comment on information it receives concerning Norwegian citizens abroad.”
Ramin Nazery carrying a Norwegian passport bearing No 31268128 was apprehended off the once Sea Tigers dominated Silavathurai sea, under suspicious circumstances.
The Norwegian embassy in Colombo stating that the Foreign Ministry in Oslo to be contacted for any clarification about the arrest of Norwegian person.
However, questions are being asked as to why the foreigner misled the Navy regarding his nationality before being released by the police.
The Norwegian had been in a dinghy with a Sri Lankan at the time the Navy detected the craft. There had been another on the beach who identified himself as a tourist guide in spite of not being able to produce a valid license. The Navy pointed out sailing was not permitted without approval.
Norwegian played a pro-LTTE Tamil terrorist role during the so-called peace agreement with the government and Tamil terrorist in 2001.