The Swiss staffer “abduction” – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

The Swiss staffer “abduction” – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

The Swiss staffer “abduction” – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Written by Staff Writer

10 Dec, 2019 | 1:17 pm

Colombo (News 1st) –

27th November 2019
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland states an embassy employee in Sri Lanka was threatened at length by unidentified men in order to force her to disclose embassy related information.
FDFA notes that the incident is a very serious and unacceptable attack on one of its diplomatic representations and its employees. A diplomatic demarche was issued.

28th November 2019
Ministry of External Affairs states that the CID and the Police have commenced an investigation into the alleged abduction.

30th November 2019
The Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka issues an official statement.
The statement notes that the embassy has lodged a formal complaint and that the victims is not able to testify due to her health condition

2nd December 2019
Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs the Swiss ambassador that there is no evidence to support the sequence of events described by the Swiss embassy in its complaint.

3rd December 2019
Swiss FDFA calls on Sri Lanka to explain the purported evidence against the events described by the embassy.
Court bars overseas travel for the Swiss embassy staffer and orders her to appear before CID to provide a statement before the 9th.

4th December 2019
Foreign Affairs Minister informs the media that the alleged victim is still on Sri Lankan soil and that she and her family are safe.

8th December 2019
Embassy staffer provides a statement to CID for 9 hours
She refused to be examined by a JMO due to the absence of a female doctor

9th December
Embassy staffer appears before CID for a second day, questioned for 6 hours.
Staffer examined by JMO
Court extends the travel ban till the 12th of December.
Court calls for psychological evaluation of the staffer

10th December
Embassy staffer appears before CID for a 3rd consecutive day

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