Brigadier Priyanka Fernando found guilty in UK court
The UK court today found Brigadier Priyanka Fernando guilty of threatening to kill protesters by making threatening gestures outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK last year.
Fernando was a Sri Lankan Diplomat and the former Sri Lankan Defence Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.
Fernando was found guilty of violating section 4A of the Public Order Act, after a protracted legal battle.
Westminster Magistrate’s Court upheld a previous ruling that Sri Lanka’s Brigadier Priyanka Fernando “is not protected by diplomatic immunity”, despite pleas made by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry.
“I have no doubt that the cut-throat gestures were made on 4th February 2018,” said Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot in her ruling earlier today. It went on to add,
“I have no doubt he intended to cause at the least alarm. They were purposeful gestures, made as the Brigadier was staring at these protesters. The Brigadier was a senior officer in uniform wearing medals. Unlike the other senior officer there, his body language appeared to be arrogant and intimidating. There were three gestures and not just one. In the context of the relationship between Sri Lanka and Tamil Elam protesters he must have known that it would have been alarming at the very least to the protesters who saw him do this.”
Source- Tamil Guardian