Swiss Staffer Detention: Embassy issues an official statement

Swiss Staffer Detention: Embassy issues an official statement

Swiss Staffer Detention: Embassy issues an official statement

Written by Staff Writer

30 Nov, 2019 | 9:34 pm

Colombo (News 1st): The Embassy of Switzerland to Sri Lanka issued an official statement with reference to the incident that transpired recently.

The statement read “A serious security incident involving a local employee of the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo occurred. The employee was detained against their will in the street, forced to get into a car, seriously threatened at length by unidentified men and forced in order to disclose embassy-related information.”

It added, “Several false pieces of information are circulating in the reporting of this incident.”

The Swiss Embassy in Colombo is issuing the following clarifications:

  1. The Swiss Embassy immediately lodged a formal complaint and is fully cooperating with the Sri Lanka authorities in order to support police investigation and initiate an inquiry over the case, while duly considering the health condition of the victim and their relatives.
  2. Due to a deteriorating health condition, the victim is currently not in a state to testify.
  3. It has been alleged that the Swiss government rejected a request for the extradition of an employee of the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department and his family. No such request has been submitted.”

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