Genevagate: Swiss lawyer says MEA document does not contain any information on ongoing investigations

Genevagate: Swiss lawyer says MEA document does not contain any information on ongoing investigations

Written by Bella Dalima

07 Nov, 2014 | 8:10 pm

In the latest twist in the ongoing Genevagate saga, pertaining to the audit report on the controversial contract to refurbish the official residence of the Permanent Representative in Geneva, a Swiss lawyer says that the document tabled by the Minister of External Affairs in Parliament recently, absolving P.T. Thurairajah of any affiliation with the LTTE, does not contain any information on ongoing investigations.

Speaking to News1st, Pierre Bayenet, a celebrated lawyer in Switzerland, added that the document in question, can only be procured by the person named in it, namely, P.T. Thurairajah.

Pierre Bayenet said;

[quote]This document looks like a real excerpt of the Swiss criminal record, delivered to a citizen upon his own request. This is not to be mistaken with the excerpts of the Swiss Criminal Record which are used by the police and judicial authorities. The difference between these two kind of excerpts is – the excerpt given to a citizen upon his request does not show ongoing criminal proceedings but only criminal proceedings which are terminated and in which the citizen has been judged guilty (art. 371 of the Swiss penal code); whereas the excerpt given to a judicial authority does show ongoing criminal proceedings as well as this.[/quote]

Responding to an e-mail query posed by News1st on October 23, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, noted that the 2011 investigation into the LTTE for alleged money laundering, extortion and participation in a criminal organisation is still ongoing.

Hence, according to the Swiss Lawyer Peirre Bayenet, the document tabled by Professor G.L. Peiris in Parliament would not contain any information regarding an ongoing investigation.

According to Wasantha Samarasinghe North Central Provincial Councillor attached to the Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna the the revelations made by the Swiss lawyer, raises questions.



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