Minister directs action against 'gene smugglers'
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Champika Ranawaka has
directed legal action against the senior professor, who was arrested on
Tuesday at the Bandaranaike International Airport while trying to leave
the country to the US with samples of rare plant chromosomes, which are
endemic to Sri Lanka.
Ministry sources said that the minister had instructed officials of
the Environment Ministry Flying Squad and the Wildlife Department in
Minister Ranawaka said, he would not retract from taking action
against gene smugglers and those who destroy the country's biodiversity.
In keeping with the country's Flora and Fauna Ordinance, no person
can carry any material that has relevance to the country's biodiversity
without the approval of Wildlife Director General.