Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Swiss request to shift abducted employee out of Lanka for treatment rejected

Colombo, Dec 05 (BAN/ AD): Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has said Swiss embassy request to fly abducted staffer for treatment has been rejected. On Wednesday he gave this information during an media briefing.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told “While the investigations are being conducted into the alleged incident, the police had requested a statement from the local female Swiss Embassy officer. No statement has been given to date. In the meantime the embassy claiming that her health is deteriorating tried to persuade the government to allow the employee and her family to be flown out in a special ambulance aircraft to a hospital in Switzerland.”

He said as per the Immigration and Emigration Act, a Sri Lankan national cannot travel abroad without providing a name, a passport or even proof of citizenship.

Sri Lanka’s court yesterday imposed a travel ban on the employee until she provides a statement to the CID on the alleged attack.

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