By Norman Palihawadana
Former beauty queen and actress Angela Seneviratne, who repeatedly pleaded her innocence in a case where three parcels of magazines containing hashish had been sent in her name from England, was yesterday forced to resign her job at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo.
Angela said: "Despite my repeated pleadings of innocence some media outlets made out that I was guilty. What is sad is that I was never involved in any drug dealing and I did no wrong.
She said that though the commotion over the detection of 356 grammes of hashish, sent to an address in Colombo 03, where she had resided more than ten years ago, had been there since the middle of last week, no one at the Embassy said anything to her till last Friday. But yesterday the Embassy had given her an ultimatum either to resign or have her contract terminated with immediate effect. Therefore, she had resigned. The ultimatum had been issued to her about one hour after she had made an explanation to the Deputy Head of Mission.
The Police Narcotics Bureau said yesterday that there was no need to question Angela again.
A senior police source said that if Angela had asked for a clearance certificate from the Police Headquarters, vis-à-vis the hashish case, they would have issued it to her as her specimen signature did not match that on the letter used by the British suspect, now in custody, who attempted to clear those parcels last Wednesday evening.