Swiss Embassy employee cannot leave Sri Lanka without giving statement to Police - Foreign Ministry

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) – Foreign Minister tells Swiss Ambassador in Colombo that allegedly abducted embassy employee cannot be permitted to leave country without giving a statement.

The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that a Sri Lankan employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo who had alleged abduction, harassment and being forced to open her mobile telephone by a group of unidentified persons on November 25, could not be permitted to leave the country until she gave a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department..

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, addressing the media at the Foreign Ministry said that all Ambassadors and High Commissioners had been summoned for a meeting at the Foreign Ministry yesterday and informed of the steps taken regarding the allegation made by the Swiss Embassy employee.

"Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and I also met the Swiss Ambassador in Colombo on November 27th and explained that a police investigation was continuing pertaining to the allegation leveled by his Sri Lankan employee. We also pointed out to the Ambassador that it was not possible to allow the complainant or her family members to leave for Switzerland on a Swiss Hospital plane without an official police complaint being lodged and Sri Lankan procedures being followed," Gunawardena noted, adding that the government would respect diplomatic immunity and respective processes that were followed with regard to such situations.

He said that on an application by the Attorney General , Court had issued a directive that the Swiss Embassy employee should make a statement to the CID regarding the allegation she had leveled.

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