By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London
The Westminster Magistrate’s Court ruled that Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was not covered by diplomatic immunity when he made a throat-cutting gesture.
When the case came up for hearing again in London on Friday, the judge said that his diplomatic immunity covered only what was in his job description, which was read out in open court during the hearing.
The Brigadier is accused of making a death threat to Tamil protesters in front of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London during last year’s Independence Day celebrations.
The judge was of the view that the Brigadier’s diplomatic immunity is weakened when he is no more in his appointed post.
The next hearing will be on March 15.
This judgment on Friday was a victory for the pro-LTTE lobby, and political observers believe that they will capitalize on this at the upcoming United Nat4 sessions in Geneva.