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Five SIM cards and phones found in possession of Gania who is remand custody

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By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 19:09

Five SIM cards and phones found in possession of Gania who is remand custody

Five SIM cards and mobile phones have been recovered from the Swiss Embassy Staffer who is in remand prison. In the meantime the judiciary ordered that all phones and SIM cards and mobile phones of the staffer and her husband that are in the custody of the Swiss Embassy to be handed over to the CID.

External Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena mentioned that all investigations into the incident involving the Swiss Embassy staffer are being carried out in a legal manner that protects her rights.That was in a telephone conversation with the Swiss Foreign Minister. The embassy staffer was again brought back to the National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda today.

The local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo Gania Bannister Francis had stated that she was abducted and assaulted and subject to sexual abuse. She had mentioned that the abductees had questioned information on the Swiss Embassy. This incident dragged on to a diplomatic issue between the two countries. The Sri Lankan Government is carrying out a broad and formal investigations into this incident.

Investigations carried out so far have revealed that such an abduction has not taken place. This female staff staffer is now in remand custody on allegations of making false statements and embarrassing the Government. She was again brought to the Mental Health Institute in Angoda today.

Meanwhile, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignatio Cassius spoke to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterdayover the phone and discussed this issue. The Sri Lankan Minister had elaborated to the Swiss Foreign Minister the legal basis for the arrest of the Swiss staffer.

The Swiss Foreign Minister had announced that maximum support would be extended for all investigative activities for the maintenance of better diplomatic relations between the two countries. Minister Dinesh Gunawardena had pointed out that all legal initiatives will be taken according to the local law as this woman is a Sri Lankan citizen. He had further stated that it would be done protecting all he rights. The External Affairs Ministry has announced that the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister had told his Swiss counterpart action had been taken with respect to the incident in conformity to the international standards.

Meanwhile the Swiss Embassy staffer who was directed to the National Mental Health Institute was re-remanded by the Prison officials after five hours of interrogations

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 19:09

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