Swiss Embassy Employee Ms.Francis Submits Writttten Objections to Colombo High Court Stating the Case Against her cannot be Maintained; HC Judge Directs Attorney-General to Respond Within 3 Weeks in Writing

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Ganier Banister Francis, an employee of the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka submitted written objections before the Colombo High Court yesterday (8) claiming that the case against her with regard to the alleged provision of false information to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), thereby embarrassing the Government, cannot be maintained.

When the relevant case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle, President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, appearing for the accused Francis, made the objections.

The Attorney General (AG) was then directed by the Judge to submit the former’s explanations regarding the written objections submitted by the accused in written format within three weeks starting from yesterday.

The case is to be taken up again on 11 January 2023.

The AG has filed indictments against the accused for having lodged a complaint with the CID alleging that she was abducted, threatened with arms, sexually abused, detained by a group of five persons, and questioned about granting a visa to former Inspector of Police (IP) of the CID Nishantha Silva, on 25 November 2019.

A second officer of the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka had on 27 November, 2019, lodged a complaint with the then Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) regarding the alleged incident of Francis, a resident of Maligawatta and who works at the Swiss Embassy, being abducted by five people in the Cinnamon Gardens area, being sexually abused and questioned about the granting of a visa to IP Silva. Accordingly, an investigation had been commenced by the CID on the instructions received from the Acting IGP.

During the investigation, Francis was asked to visit the CID and record a statement, but as she did not appear, the relevant Magistrate’s Court had banned her from traveling abroad, and ordered her to record a statement with the CID before 9 December 2019. On 16 December 2019, she was arrested by the CID on the instructions of the AG, and was then granted bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.

Courtesy:The Morning