No evidence to show abduction of Swiss Embassy employee - CID

No evidence to show abduction of Swiss Embassy employee - CID

Dec 14, 2019

Colombo (Sri Lanka) Dec 14: The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Thursday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that from the investigations conducted so far, no evidence has been found to suggest an abduction of the Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis.
The CID reported to the court that according to investigations conducted so far and the statements obtained from the allegedly abducted Sri Lankan woman employee at the Swiss Embassy, no evidence has been found to show that an incident took place at the No. 2/2 Palmyra Court, Palmyra Avenue, Colombo 3 address as the victim alleged.
The CID was investigating the matter on the grounds that, as reported by Ms Francis to the Swiss Embassy officials, the alleged crime had occurred near the St. Bridget's Convent in Cinnamon Gardens Police Division. However, during questioning on Dec 8th and 9th Ms. Francis has revealed to the CID that she was abducted at Palmyra Court Apartments Complex in Kollupitiya.
The CID has further revealed to the court that investigations conducted reviewing the telephone records also do not confirm that such a crime has occurred.
The CID said they were unable to record her full statement on December 8 as she had fainted twice while giving her statement.
The Criminal Investigations Department has informed the court that it is necessary to investigate the matter accurately since there is a discrepancy in her story and the investigations into the incident are still in progress.
Source: Colombo Page