Foreign and Commonwealth Office has sought to intervene in the judicial process? – Siobhain McDonagh MP

Siobhain McDonagh MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
020 7219 4678 (tel)
mcdonaghs@parliament.uk

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

26 February 2019

Dear Secretary of State,
RE: Brigadier Priyanka Fernando
I am writing regarding Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the former Military Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. As you will be aware, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando
was last year filmed repeatedly running his finger across his throat in an attempt to intimidate members of the Tamil community.

As you will be aware, a trial took place in his absence on 21st January of this year in the Westminster Magistrates Court and he was found guilty of two charges under the Public
Order Act. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was issued an arrest warrant without bail.

A number of my constituents have contacted me raising the serious accusation that a meeting then took place between the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office that led to the arrest warrant being withdrawn.

Please can you outline whether this is indeed the case and, if so, on what basis the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has sought to intervene in the judicial process?

Yours sincerely,

Siobhain McDonagh MP