UK court finds Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando guilty

A UK court has found Sri Lankan Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, guilty of violating the Public Order Act.

The Westminster Magistrates Court ordered his arrest over his behaviour during a protest staged outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last year.

Fernando, otherwise known as ‘Brigadier Fernando’, has been accused of
running his fingers across his throat, at a public event, in order to threaten Tamil protestors.

He was prosecuted under the Public Order Act 1986, for using threatening behaviour and visible representations whereby the victim is likely to believe that such violence will be used.

In early 2018 protestors were gathered outside the Sri Lankan Embassy in London, protesting against the treatment of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government. Embassy and Consular staff had gathered to celebrate Sri Lankan Independence Day. Brigadier Fernando was attending the celebrations.

Brigadier Fernando filmed protestors from outside the embassy before returning inside. He returned and made gestures towards the protestors, repeatedly running his forefinger across his throat whilst maintaining eye contact with the protestors.

The Public Interest Law Centre took take the case to Westminster Magistrates Court on behalf of their clients who were attending the protests. Brigadier Fernando had looked directly at them whilst making the threatening gestures – after videoing them – causing them to fear the threats would be carried out against them. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This is the South Asian gesture. Even the people who have been appointed as diplomats have no idea what is diplomacy. Thanks to corrupt Indian big brothers who supported and facilitated the civil war in Sri Lanka.

  2. Many of the Protesters socalled carried symbols of a banned terrorist group, which was at war with the sri lankan state, and that group carried out brutal acts both in sri lanka and abroad. Surely those protesters too represented a danger to the sri lankan mission and staff

  3. The UK, G7 (and BBC) SUPPORTED the LTTE TERRORISTS to get their share of Janitors, etc! Therefore it is not a surprise to me that the UK would jump at any opportunity to ‘punish’ a solider who witnessed the BRUTALITY of the LTTE TERRORISTS aided and abetted by the G7!!!

    Having said that, the ‘throat gesture’ can be symbolized as ‘cut it out’ as what directors of movies do ALL THE TIME! So, should we also ARREST all movie directors! This is a SRI LANKAN BROTHERHOOD gesture. But that would be TOO MUCH to ask from LTTE TERRORISTS DESPERATE TO COLLECT KAPPAM AGAIN IN THE UK!

    Isn’t it a shame that the UK still allows LTTE TERRORISTS to roam freely and DISRUPT events at a diplomatic mission, a friend of the UK?


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