The government yesterday suspended Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London following allegations that he had acted in a threatening manner during a protest staged by some pro-LTTE groups outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the Independence Day.
The Foreign Ministry has issued the following statement: “Authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner.
In this connection, instructions have been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London today, 6 February 2018, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect. Authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately.”
The protest has been organized by a group called Tamil Solidarity active in the UK. In a petition to UK government, the group demanded that Brig. Fernando be removed for threatening protesting Tamils.