Brig. Priyanka found guilty over ‘throat slitting gesture’

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Former Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, was found guilty at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court today for committing public order offences over the ‘throat-slitting gesture’ in London, 2018.

The Brigadier displayed a warning during a demonstration by LTTE activists in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on February 4, 2018. The incident led to controversy, with pressure for the removal of the Brigadier from office. 

It was also reported that Brigadier Fernando was fined £2000, prosecution cost of £1842.80, victim surcharge of £127 & compensation of £450.

Fernando was found guilty of violating  Section 4A  (1)  and  (5) of the Public  Order  Act 1986, with the court stating that his actions and gestures were threatening, caused harassment and that he intended them to be so.

In this October, referring to this case against Brigadier Priyanka Fernando at the Westminister Magistrates’ Court, the Foreign Ministry requested the UK government to honour the diplomatic immunity which he is entitled to as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.   

However, the Westminister Magistrates’ Court ruled that the defendant is not protected by diplomatic immunity and delivering today’s verdict, the Senior District Judge said he sees no reason to re-visit that ruling. 

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  • das Friday, 06 December 2019 10:40 PM

    Silly fellow

    mike Friday, 06 December 2019 11:23 PM

    brig Fernando you are a hero . iam willing to pay your fine. their law protect terrorist

    Dharma Friday, 06 December 2019 11:30 PM

    Colonial mentality is demonstrated again. There is no question the Brigadier was a home-based- diplomatic officer who is entitled to diplomatic immunity. Laws of the receiving country are not applicable and enforceable.

    lakmal Saturday, 07 December 2019 12:11 AM

    that is their law dosent matter who you are every one is under the law even you are a president you should behave your self respectfully

    Anmanpan Friday, 06 December 2019 11:56 PM

    Matter closed. An eye opener for the Sri Lanka government of what is in store.

    kumar Saturday, 07 December 2019 12:10 AM

    See the comments above! all are from uncivilized lot.

    TripleX Saturday, 07 December 2019 12:20 AM

    Double Standards b..........

    Patriot Saturday, 07 December 2019 12:34 AM

    I have always written in this Daily Mirror comment section, that the Western Countries have no respect for Sri Lanka at all. To start with we must remove the word Island ever being used to refer to Sri Lanka.

    TP Saturday, 07 December 2019 01:18 AM

    As a professional and a representative of our country, he should not have made that gesture to anyone.

    june macapagal Saturday, 07 December 2019 02:03 PM

    This shows that everyone has to follow the law and he is not an exception. Let our leaders lean a good lesson.

    Rajamani Saturday, 07 December 2019 06:25 PM

    Good verdict. Good lesson for those who thought he was a hero.

    Wasp Saturday, 07 December 2019 07:01 PM

    Of course it was inevitable: UK couldn't do without the support of Tamil tigers and the rest of the Tamil diaspora, so of a friendly country suffers by this gesture, so be it!!!

    Sunil Tisa Gnansekera. Sunday, 08 December 2019 04:24 PM

    An Unnecessary Interfering.


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