Switzerland slams kidnapping of its employee in Colombo

Switzerland has slammed the kidnapping of one of its employees in Colombo and has summoned the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Switzerland to the Foreign Ministry in Bern to discuss the incident.

A local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka had been temporarily kidnapped and threatened by unknown assailants in what the Foreign Ministry has called was a “serious and unacceptable attack”.

According to reports the woman was kidnapped on Monday then held and questioned for two hours before being released, swissinfo.ch reported.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry today confirmed the incident and told swissinfo.ch in a written statement that the woman was threatened in order to force her to disclose “embassy-related information”.

“Switzerland promptly reported the incident to the Sri Lankan authorities and is demanding an immediate and complete investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” wrote ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Switzerland has also been summoned to the foreign ministry in Bern, he added.

The foreign ministry did not say what the perpetrators were looking for.

However it was reported that the attack was in connection with a high-ranking Sri Lankan police inspector who – according to a report in the Neue Zürcher Zeitungexternal link – has fled to Switzerland due to death threats.

According to the NZZ, the inspector had been investigating corruption and rights violations in connection with the entourage of newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He left Sri Lanka on Sunday, the newspaper reported, and has requested asylum in Switzerland.

The State Secretariat for Migration did not respond to a request by the Keystone news agency to confirm this, citing the protection of personal privacy for individuals. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The Government is not that stupid to abduct a local employee of the Swiss Embassy………..
    This is a drama enacted with Western Conspiracy to discredit Gota and the current administration and moreover to plant a VIRUS in people’s minds prior to the impending General Elections.

    How else could UNP regain the favour of the Masses………. This is one such act and also to distract the people’s focus on good work done by the Government in these couple of days.
    Government is moving fast and the Opposition unable to cope.

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