Sri Lanka’s court today imposed a foreign travel ban on the allegedly abducted local staffer of the Switzerland Embassy in Colombo until she gives a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on a request made by the CID banned the female employee, who was allegedly abducted by unidentified persons on 25th November and questioned, from going abroad until 9 December.
The Magistrate also ordered the Embassy staffer to appear before the CID before 9th December and make a statement.
The Swiss Embassy has earlier said the female employee is receiving treatment at a hospital and her health is deteriorating.
Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appearing in court on behalf of the CID informed the court that the CID has begun an investigation into a complaint made by the Swiss Ambassador to the Acting IGP that on 25th November, a local Tamil female visa officer of the Embassy was abducted by an unknown group in a white car and sexually assaulted questioning her on granting visa to the CID Inspector Nishantha Silva, who has fled to Switzerland.
The State Counsel informed the court that the CID officers had gone to the Swiss embassy to record a statement from the woman, but the embassy officials refused to divulge the details about the victim.
He told the court when the CID officers visited her home, there was no one at the home and her husband, who is a bank official, has not reported to work.
The State Counsel pointed out that the abduction of an embassy officer is a serious matter and that it is necessary to record a statement from the woman who was allegedly abducted to uncover the truth.
Pointing out that if she travels abroad, the opportunity to find the truth of the alleged incident will be lost, the State Counsel requested the court to impose a travel ban preventing her from leaving the country.
After considering the submissions, Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne stated that it is necessary to record a statement from the woman who was abducted in order to uncover the truth.
The Magistrate ordered that the Swiss Embassy officer be barred from traveling abroad without permission of the court until her statement is recorded.
The Magistrate has also stated that this is not a complete travel ban. The CID has been instructed to inform the Immigration and Emigration Controller of the order.
The Magistrate also ordered the CID to inform her about the court order issued to make a statement before the 9th of December and report the progress on the investigation.