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* Sri Lanka Opposition Leader questions why the government denies visa to a tourism sector investor
Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 10:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe today in parliament questioned why the government was not granting visa to the leading businessman Geoffry Dobbs, the chief architect of the annual Galle Literary Festival.

He said the Dobbs has brought five million US dollars investment to Sri Lanka in the hospitality sector.

The Opposition Leaders said the Controller of Immigration and Emigration has informed him that the visa is denied to the British born naturalized Australian businessman since he was a "dubious" person.

Dobbs has reportedly left the country unannounced amidst a probe for disrespecting the national flag inside the Galle Fort during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), local Sunday Times reported last month.

The Immigration and Emigration Department had reportedly initiated an inquiry following a complaint received from authorities in Galle over the incident.

Wickremasinghe said the action against Dobbs who owns several businesses and property in the south may have negative effect on the country's tourism industry.

He also urged the Prime Minister or a responsible Minister to make a statement in the parliament regarding the matter.

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