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Swiss Staffer appears before the CID for the fourth day

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 13, 2019 18:56

Swiss Staffer appears before the CID for the fourth day

Swiss Embassy employee Ganiya Bannister Francis, who is said to have been abducted, made statements to the Colombo CID last night. She appeared before the CID for the fourth day today

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court yesterday extended an injunction suspending Ganiya Bannister’s travel abroad until the 17th of this month. The court also ordered that she be produced before a panel of specialist psychiatrists.
Senior State Counsel, Janaka Bandara, appearing in the court, said that the Government Medical Officer had recommended to the mental health panel to obtain a report on the mental health of Ganiya Bannister Francis. The court granted this order in view of these facts. The senior state counsel also told the court that since the recording of the statements by Ganiya Bannister Francis has not been completed, it is not possible to give a comprehensive statement regarding this. Attorney-at-law Upul Kumarapperuma, appearing on behalf of Ms. Ganiya Bannister Francis, told the court that her client was in poor health and she could not make a statement to the CID.

As a result, he requested that his client be allowed to make statements at the Swiss Ambassador’s residence. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne stated that the court cannot issue an order for the CID to record statements from her or any other location other than its headquarters.

The Magistrate pointed out that although the lawyers had informed the court that she was in a state of minor illness, she could go to the CID and make a statement as she was not paralyzed. The magistrate also noted that it would be problematicwhether Sri Lankan Jurisdiction could be extended to an official residence of a foreign ambassador.

Filing a complaint against the media, Attorneys for Bannister Francis said that threats and intimidations are being directed at the lawyers by the media. As such, they requested the court to order the CID to initiate an investigation into the media coverage of the case. It was also requested that any information regarding statements or conduct of a person that would interfere with a criminal investigation or have an impact on the legal professionals, be directed to the Criminal Investigation Department.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 13, 2019 18:56