SWI confirms LNW report on temporary abduction of Swiss Embassy employee

SWI confirms LNW report on temporary abduction of Swiss Embassy employee

27 November 2019 10:34 pm

We, LNW, on Wednesday (26) disclosed that a local employee stationed in the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka was abducted by unknown assailants, and the Swiss Ambassador was about to meet Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the incident. 

Proving our disclosure, Switzerland website SWI on Thursday (27) reported the event with additional detail in what it cites the foreign ministry saying a "serious and unacceptable attack."

On Wednesday, the Swiss foreign ministry confirmed the incident and told swissinfo.ch (SWI) in a written statement that the woman was threatened in order to force her to disclose “embassy-related information”, it said.

“Switzerland promptly reported the incident to the Sri Lankan authorities and is demanding an immediate and complete investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger stated, the website cited.

Picture; SWI

Corresponding with our early report, the website also reported that the Sri Lankan ambassador to Switzerland has also been summoned to the foreign ministry in Bern and cites our claim that the abduction was in relate to extracting information on the departure of former CID official (Nishantha Silva) to Switzerland. 

The SWI website also cites Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), a Swiss originated  newspaper, that the CID official flew to Switzerland due to death threats. 

The CID official had been investigating corruption and rights violations in connection with the entourage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, it said, citing NZZ, further disclosing that he has requested asylum in Switzerland.

"The State Secretariat for Migration did not respond to a request by the Keystone news agency to confirm this, citing the protection of personal privacy for individuals," it further reported.

The abductee was questioned about Nishantha Silva who worked in the CID, according to reports. Upon query regarding the incident, a state media spokesman confirmed us of the event. 

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