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Important information on the Swiss Embassy employee’s case revealed

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 17, 2019 19:24

Important information on the Swiss Embassy employee’s case revealed

A lot of important information has been revealed regarding the Swiss Embassy employee’s case. In a statement, the Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said that it is concerned about the proceedings.

Investigations have been carried out regarding the incident of alleged abduction and sexual abuse of Swiss Embassy employee Ganiya Bannister. When the Swiss embassy announced the incident, the government paid close attention to the matter. Although the CID conducted several investigations into the alleged incident and found no substantial evidence on such abduction as complained. Accordingly, the woman attached to the Swiss embassy was arrested on charges of giving false evidence to embarrass the Sri Lankan government.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered to remand her till 30th of this month when she was produced before the court yesterday. Her bail application was turned down by the Colombo Chief Magistrate citing the reasons that lack of support for the investigations, not completion of the investigations into the incident and the possibility of a public disturbance if bail was granted.

The CID informed the court that according to investigations carried out no evidence has been found to support her claim on abduction. It was also stated that according to the report of the Judicial Medical Officer, Ganiya Bannister had not been subjected to any sexual harassment or injury. Before being produced in court, she was referred to a specialist psychiatric team of the National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda according to a recent order by the court.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General had instructed the CID to arrest the embassy officer and present her before the court.  Expressing concern over the arrest, Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs has called on the Sri Lankan judicial authorities to ensure better protection of its employee’s personal rights and compliance with national law and international standards. It also said that in this high-profile case Sri Lanka’s reputation as a country that upholds the rule of law is at stake.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 17, 2019 19:24

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