Alleged abduction: Swiss embassy employee makes statement to CID

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Criminal Investigation Department records statement from allegedly abducted local female employed by the Swiss embassy. Declines to undergo medical examination in the absence of a female doctor.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was in the process of recording a statement from local female employee of Swiss embassy at the time this edition went to press yesterday.

The embassy employee reported to the CID yesterday late afternoon, but declined to undergo a medical examination in the absence of a female doctor though two nurses were available. The CID began recording a detailed statement from her, and a medical examination is to be carried out later.

Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, last Tuesday, Dec 03, ordered that the Sri Lankan employee, in hiding following high profile allegations that she was held at gunpoint for nearly two hours on Nov 25, provide a statement to the police before Dec 09.

Authoritative sources told The Island that though Switzerland had sought to get the police to record her statement at a venue outside the CID headquarters, the government had insisted that she visit the police.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate has barred the alleged victim from leaving the country without giving a statement to the CID.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara, appearing on behalf of the CID, told court the CID had initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint from Swiss Ambassador in Colombo, Hanspeter Mock.

The Senior State counsel said the embassy had not cooperated with the CID officers who visited the diplomatic mission to obtain a statement from the employee concerned.

The police quickly established the identity of the missing woman though the Swiss repeatedly declined to identify her. Sources said that the embassy had now acknowledged the identity established by the police.

Considering the statement made by the Senior State Counsel, the Judge said it was imperative that a statement be obtained from the woman concerned.

The judge ordered the CID to convey the court order to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration.

She also ordered the case to be called on December 9 (today) and the CID to submit a report on the progress of the investigation.

Last week, Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, in response to a query regarding the investigation told The Island: "The HRCSL position is that an effective investigation required the cooperation and participation of all relevant parties – the victim, any witnesses etc."

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, on Dec 01, told Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock that investigations had proved serious discrepancies between his complaint and the police findings.

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