Sri Lanka refuses to allow Swiss Embassy employee to leave

The Sri Lankan Government has refused to allow a Swiss Embassy employee, who claims to have been kidnapped and later released, to leave the country for medical attention.

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told reporters today that the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka has sought permission to transport the employee on a special air ambulance to Switzerland for medical attention.

However, Gunawardena said that the Swiss Embassy has been informed that the employee, said to be a Sri Lankan, cannot leave the country until she makes a statement to the Police.

The Swiss Embassy employee has not yet been produced before the Police as the Swiss Embassy claims she is not in good health.

At the end of November, the local employee at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo was allegedly detained on the street and threatened by unidentified men to force her to disclose embassy-related information.

However the Foreign Ministry claimed 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.

Gunawardena said that diplomats from other countries based in Colombo were briefed today on the steps taken by the Government to investigate the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

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