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Probe on Swiss Embassy incident: Diplomats apprised of progress

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The government today briefed Colombo based diplomats including the Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka on updates of the investigation into the incident involving a staffer attached to the Swiss Embassy, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardane said today.

He told a news conference that the sequence of events in connection with the incident attempted to paint a wrong picture of newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“Some events relating to the alleged abduction and detention of a local staffer of the Swiss Embassy are untrue. The sequence of events and timeline of the incident do not correspond with actual movements of the victim on that day. The victim has not yet made any complaint with the police. She is not available to record a statement. We are doing our part. We hope she will make a statement once she recovers from ill-health,” he said.

He assured protection to the victim who had allegedly been abducted and requested her family members to make a police statement in order to carry out the investigation.

Besides, he said the Swiss Government made a request to permit the victim to fly to Switzerland for medical treatment. However, the government could not heed to that request as her identity had not been disclosed, he said.

In addition, State Minister of International Relations Susil Premajayantha said several individuals attempted to make false statements on the incident. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  Comments - 6

  • cheers Thursday, 05 December 2019 08:36 AM

    Typical work of Tamil Diaspora, UNP, JVP and the western band wagon. Now the Victim is hiding as this does not match with her movements and no police entry. Swiss officials are at fault and they know they were too quick and now are in dissary

    malin Thursday, 05 December 2019 09:48 AM

    හොඳ හොඳ සෙල්ලම් එලි වෙන ජාමෙට

    Sokrates Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:27 AM

    You must be very good faith, if you believe a criminal like Gota.

    Joseph Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:29 AM

    Has the Govt provided the facts or only a statement?

    Sokrates Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:36 AM

    In order to avert further damage from Sri Lanka, the President should apologize immediately to Switzerland, let the woman leave the country and put the White Van Gang out of circulation and not put any pressure on the family. Already after the incident, the rupee has fallen dramatically and the country will suffer much more.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:20 AM

    Who is this idiot Sokrates? What connection does the fall in the rupee have with the Swiss embassy incident?

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