Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Imposes Temporary Travel Ban on Swiss Embassy Staffer Garnier Banister Francis Until Dec 9th and Orders That she Should Provide Statement to CID Within that Period

By Yoshitha Perera

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today issued a temporary travel ban on the Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly threatened by a group of unidentified men, until December 9.

The Magistrate also directed the employee to provide a statement to the CID within that time.

When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, the CID informed Court that the Swiss Embassy employee’s name was found to be Garnier Banister Francis but her current residence could not be located.

Representing the Attorney General’s department, Senior State Counsel (SSC) Janaka Bandara informed the Magistrate that when the CID tried to get a statement from the Swiss Ambassador, the Embassy officials had refused to provide any assistance.

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