Swiss local staffer gives a statement to CID

The Swiss Embassy local staffer-Garnier Banister Francis- who claimed that she was allegedly abducted by unidentified men, today arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and given a statement on the alleged incident, informed sources said.

The local staffer arrived at the CID with several diplomatic officials and lawyers in several diplomatic vehicles around 4.30 pm today.

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

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.

Early this week, the Embassy claimed that her health was deteriorating and requested the government to allow the employee and her family to travel in a special ambulance aircraft to a hospital in Switzerland.

However, the government turned down the request saying she cannot be allowed to leave the country without giving a statement.

Addressing a special media conference at the Ministry, Minister Gunawardena said the sequence of events in connection with the incident attempted to give a wrong picture of newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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