President reinstates official in UK removed over throat-cutting gesture

President Maithripala Sirisena has reinstated an official in the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK who was earlier removed over a throat-cutting gesture.

Authorities in Sri Lanka had earlier taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner.

In this connection, instructions had been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

The Foreign Ministry said that the authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately.

However the Army today said that Priyanka Fernando had been reinstated to his post on the instructions of the President. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. I am totally in agreement with the comments made in support of the defense official.I wish to state that I know very well about these scums with my experience in Canada. For these guys to gather in front of any Sri Lankan diplomatic office and to protest for everything is a habit of no meaning. Yes, these guys are on the dole (most of them) or doing menial jobs and have no leisure activities, horrible in the language of the domiciled country and are manipulated and used by the NGO’s to create a scene so that “publicity” could be made in support of their fundraising campaigns, which they rake in the thousands of dollars or pounds. The saddest story is that the Sri Lanka Foreign Office and the Sri Lankan High Commissioner taking a rash decision to suspend the services of this “DESAPREYMI” high ranking defense attaché without a proper inquiry, just to please 2 British Parliamentary Members who got involved in this episode because they are depended on the votes of these Skums to win their elections. Patriotic Sri Lankan community in UK/London should send a petition to HE. Maithripala Sirisena to intervene in this matter and have the defense attache reinstated immediately. This is a great respect you guys will be doing to our heroic Tri-Forces who gained victory over the ruthless terrorist in May 2009 and gave Sri Lanka freedom and peace to all communities.
    Noor Nizam.
    Convener – “The Muslim Voice”.

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