False complaint made by the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka to tarnish the image of the government and the people of Sri Lanka.
Posted on December 20th, 2019

Ranjith Soysa Spokesperson – SPUR , Victoria

We refer to a recent statement made by the Swiss Federal Department of  Foreign Affairs alleging that due process was not followed by the Sri  Lankan law enforcement authorities when investigating the alleged abduction of an employee of the Swiss embassy, Garnier Banister Francis aka Sriyalatha Perera. If the accusation is about not following due process” let us remind the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about what the Good Book says  You hypocrite, first remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye” What the Swiss government defines as due process” is clearly not what we define to be the same. There definitely is a problem regarding due process” here!!

Continuing on the above topic, was  due process” followed when the Swiss government granted asylum to a criminal Nishantha de Silva Candappa, wanted by our government for smuggling sensitive information which compromises national security of our country? The answer clearly is NO. The abduction” drama was crafted by the Swiss embassy as a smoke screen to divert attention from this illegal and hostile act by the Swiss Government. Now that this entire Mock Drama” has blown up in the  face of the Swiss government, just stay silent rather than damaging the credibility of the Swiss authorities, if there is any left at all.  

The allegations are in relation to the interrogation of the alleged victim for 30 hours over 3 days  which the Swiss allege was done when she was not well and to statements made by officials while the  investigation was in progress.

The Swiss government needs to be reminded that it was the Swiss embassy and the Swiss Foreign Office who (A)   didn’t follow due process by not making a formal complaint to the Sri Lanka Police,  ( B) by not co-operating with the Sri Lanka Police until a court order was issued asking for the alleged victim to make a statement to the Sri Lanka Police. It is also alleged that the Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka has not surrendered the alleged victim’s mobile phone to the Sri Lanka police.

The Swiss government also wanted to use an air ambulance to evacuate the alleged victim to Switzerland  stating that the alleged victim’s health was deteriorating. They “concluded” that as her health was deteriorating hence that she was not in a fit state to give a statement to the  police.  According to the Swiss government, a Swiss doctor had made an assessment by examining the alleged victim via a video link. This action too was highly irregular and cannot be considered as being one that was in accordance with due process as it is only a Sri Lankan  judicial medical officer who is legally empowered to determine the  fitness of a person to participate in a judicial process. In this instance the Swiss government has arrogated to itself powers that are vested in the government of Sri Lanka.

Subsequently it was determined by a Sri Lankan judicial medical officer that she was in a fit state to be interviewed by the police.

In complete contrast to the Swiss government, the Sri Lankan government strictly followed due process and desisted from commenting on a recent judgement by a Swiss court where the court determined that the LTTE couldn’t be categorised as a criminal organisation. This is despite the judgement which is highly questionable as the LTTE is a  banned terrorist organization worldwide  and is viewed as very detrimental to the national interests of Sri Lanka.

The Swiss government should take note that the best way for them to ensure that due process is followed is by not acting like an imperial power and by stopping their interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and by respecting the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, by abiding by the laws of Sri Lanka and by fully co-operating with the Sri Lankan law enforcement and judicial authorities.

In short, the Swiss authorities should allow the Sri Lankan law to take it’s natural course without attempting to subvert it as they are attempting to do currently. State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl has said Switzerland takes its responsibilities to its staff very seriously. Then we suggest you replace the present staff members who were involved in this comedy of errors” with more sensible people.

Yours sincerely,

Ranjith Soysa
Spokesperson – SPUR , Victoria

2 Responses to “False complaint made by the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka to tarnish the image of the government and the people of Sri Lanka.”

  1. Nimal Says:

    If this woman is a Sri Lankan citizen, working in the counsel may be knowing the immigration rules of Switzerland .She seem to have changed her name more than once, perhaps from the ethnic minorities? She may have set it up to play the victim and seek asylum.
    This whole affaire is bizarre.

  2. jay-ran Says:

    Before Swiss Embassy Officials making allegations against Sri Lankan Authorities, SWISS EMBASSY & SWISS GOVERNMNT AUTHORITIES SHOULD EXPLAIN IN SHORT AS TO 1) WHY & 2) HOW? THE EMBASSY ISSUED VISAS OVERNIGHT AND DEPORT A SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL ( WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY), WANTED IN CONNECTION TO CERTAIN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES???????????
    TO COVER UP THIS FRAUD,THE SWISS FOOLS CREATED THIS SAGA OF A SRI LANKAN WOMAN WORKING IN THE SWISS EMBASSY WAS HUMILIATED & RAPED & THREATENED BY KEEPING A PISTOL INTO HER MOUTH ACCORDING TO THE ROBBER RAJITHA a former Govt Minister.
    DEAR EMBASSY LOW CLASS OFFICIALS! THIS IS CALLED !) DHITTA !!) DHAMMA !!!)VEDANEEYA KARMA,ACCORDING TO THE BUDDHISM????/ THAT MEANS,EVERY ACTION HAS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION???

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