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Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Extends Until December 12th the Travel Ban Imposed Sri Lankan Woman Employee of Swiss Embassy in Colombo.

The order barring the female Sri Lankan employee attached to the Swiss Embassy in Colombo from leaving the country was yesterday extended till December 12 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

Last week Jayaratne issued an order barring the Swiss Embassy employee from leaving the country without giving a statement to the CID. The employee reported to the CID on Sunday afternoon, but declined to undergo a medical examination in the absence of a female doctor, though two nurses were available.

The CID informed court that they had asked the alleged victim to appear at the Judicial Medical Officer’s office yesterday and that they would continue recording her statement as well.

Attorney-at-law Upul Kumarapperuma, appearing for the Swiss embassy employee, asked the Colombo Chief Magistrate to direct the CID to provide a female doctor to conduct the medical examination.

Kumarapperuma said that local and foreign doctors affiliated to the embassy had tested and found that she had been assaulted and sexually molested.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate said that male JMOs conducted examinations regarding allegations of sexual assault. However, the court asked the CID to obtain the services of a female doctor to examine the alleged victim. Later the Swiss embassy employee was presented to the JMO office.

Lawyers appearing for the Swiss embassy employee informed the court they wished to have the travel ban on their client removed as soon as possible. The Chief Magistrate directed the CID to finish the recording of her statement as soon as possible and to report to her the progress they have made by December 12.

Courtesy:The Island