Swiss government condemns abduction of staffer

The Swiss government is condemning the “temporary kidnapping” of a Sri Lankan staff member in the embassy in Colombo which took place on Monday evening.

The website Swissinfo.ch reported that the Swiss foreign ministry had called the incident a “serious and unacceptable attack.”

The website reported that the woman staffer had been threatened and forced to disclose “embassy-related information.”

“Switzerland promptly reported the incident to the Sri Lankan authorities and is demanding an immediate and complete investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” it said quoting Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger.

The Sri Lankan ambassador to Switzerland has also been summoned to the foreign ministry in Bern, he added.

Yesterday as RepublicNext reported a Police investigation has been launched into the alleged abduction of the diplomatic staffer.

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

Police headquarters has said that Silva, a top detective, had left the country without due authorisation. 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.

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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.

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