Swiss Embassy employee indicted under Penal Code
ECONOMYNEXT – Garnier Francis, the Swiss Embassy employee has been indicted under the Penal Code by the High Court for allegedly providing false information to a Public Official, her lawyers said.
The indictments were made in the High Court Number 3 in Colombo presided over by Judge Namal Balalle.
Francis is alleged to have complained to police that she was detained and sexually harassed by a group of men she believes were plainclothes police officers.
Francis, who works at the Swiss Embassy as a visa officer, has lodged a complaint that she was kidnapped and assaulted by five men in the Cinnamon Gardens area on November 25, 2019, sexually assaulted and detained for several hours.
She said she was questioned by these men about the issuance of a visa to CID Inspector Nishantha Silva who left Sri Lanka for Switzerland shortly after the Presidential elections.
Silva was among the team of detectives who investigated a series of high profile crimes connected to Senior Security Forces personnel including the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.
A second official of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Switzerland had lodged a written complaint with the Acting Inspector General of Police on November 27, 2019.
At the time the government stated that she was intentionally trying to bring disrepute to the newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gen (Rtd) Kamal Guneratne hotly denied such a thing had happened. (Colombo, March 09, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana