Travel ban on Swiss Embassy staffer extended till Dec. 12
Posted on December 9th, 2019

Yoshitha Perera courtesy The Daily Mirror

The travel ban on the Swiss Embassy local staffer – Ganier Banister Francis, who claimed that she was abducted by unidentified men, was extended till December 12 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.

When the case was taken before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara said that the CID would record and complete her statement by Monday (09) evening.

He said that the CID had recorded her statement for about nine hours, starting from Sunday (08) 5 p.m to Monday (09) 2 a.m.

Earlier, sources said that she was directed to the Chief Judicial Medical Officer for a medical report.

However, the alleged victim has later requested for a female JMO to record her medical report.

Representing the alleged victim’s party, President’s Counsel Upali Kuruppu requested the Magistrate to issue an order on the Chief JMO to appoint a female JMO to examine her.

He also informed the court that the report given by the two doctors attached to the Swiss Embassy had mentioned that his client has also been sexually abused and assaulted during the incident.

Considering all facts, the Magistrate ordered the Chief JMO to provide a report on her physical and mental health condition on the next hearing date.

Last week, the Court issued an order preventing her from leaving the country and also ordered CID to record a statement from her on or before December 9. 

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