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* Sri Lanka requests Swiss Embassy to fully cooperate with the investigation into alleged abduction of employee
Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 11:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 01, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has requested the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka to fully cooperate with the authorities investigating the alleged abduction of a local female employee of the Embassy last month as the account presented by the embassy on the incident does not agree with the information uncovered by the investigation.

Issuing an update on the investigation, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the Government, having taken serious note of the alleged criminal incident concerning a locally recruited staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, on Monday, 25 November 2019, immediately ordered a thorough investigation into this matter.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha together with Defense Secretary Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne and relevant officials Sunday met with the Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka Hanspeter Mock and the Deputy Chief of Mission, and briefed them on the results of the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police.

While the Embassy had not presented the alleged victim to be interviewed by the law enforcement officials despite their request to do so, based on the information provided by the Swiss Mission on Friday 29 November 2019, the investigation was nevertheless conducted.

At the meeting today, the Ambassador was presented with clear evidence that the sequence of events and timeline of the alleged incident, as formally presented by the Swiss Mission on behalf of the alleged victim to the CID, did not in any way correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on that date, as borne out by witness interviews and technical evidence, including Uber records, CCTV footage, telephone records and the GPS data.

In light of the incontrovertible evidence presented by the law enforcement authorities to the Swiss Mission, it was underlined that further investigations would need to be continued to ascertain the actual facts surrounding this allegation, for which the alleged victim will have to be interviewed by the law enforcement authorities.

Given that the alleged victim had also claimed that she had sustained injuries during the alleged abduction, it was noted that she should be presented for a medical examination by a Judicial Medical Officer in Sri Lanka.

The Embassy has been requested to cooperate fully with the Government of Sri Lanka to establish the veracity of the claims relating to this alleged incident.

 

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