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Police probing abduction of Swiss Embassy staffer

Police are investigating an alleged incident where a Sri Lankan woman staffer at the Swiss Embassy had been abducted on Monday and released after two hours, official sources told RepublicNext today Nov 27.

They said that information about the abduction had been relayed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Swiss Embassy in Colombo.

The staffer was reportedly questioned by her abductors about the issuance of a Visa to enter Switzerland to CID Inspector Adrian Nishantha Silva who went on Sunday, Nov 24.

Police headquarters has said that Silva, a top detective, had left the country without due authorization. Subsequently, a list of 704 CID officials has been provided to the Immigration Authorities to ensure they too do not leave the country.

Silva who was investigating several sensitive cases that involved military officials and politicians is said to have received threats soon after the election results had come in.

Silva was removed from his position in October last year when Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister by former President Maithripala Sirisena but re-instated shortly afterwards.

A Police investigation into as to how Silva left has also been launched.

Foreign Ministry officials confirmed that the Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock had paid a “courtesy call” on Minister Dinesh Gunewardene today, the first foreign envoy to do so.

These officials could not confirm whether the abduction issue had been raised by Ambassador Mock at the meeting.

The President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said that the Defense Ministry was “looking into the matter,” after it was brought to their notice.

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It is not clear whether a complaint has been lodged with the police by the abductee or the embassy.

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