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Swiss Embassy denies it received extradition request

The Swiss Embassy in a clarification statement denied that it received an extradition request from the Government of Sri Lanka.

“It has been alleged that the Swiss government rejected a request for the extradition of an employee of the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and his family. No such request has been submitted.”

Inspector of Police(IP) Nishantha Silva attached to the CID  fled the country on Sunday(24) reportedly fearing for his life. Silva was engaged in investigating a string of  abductions and killings during the Rajapaksa regime.

The Swiss embassy statement comes after a Swiss embassy official was allegedly abducted and questioned by an unidentified group on the following day of  Silva’s departure.

“On 25 November 2019, a serious security incident involving a local employee of the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo occurred. The employee was detained against their will in the street, forced to get into a car, seriously threatened at length by unidentified men and forced in order to disclose embassy-related information,” The Swiss Embassy said.

“The Swiss Embassy immediately lodged a formal complaint and is fully cooperating with the Sri Lanka authorities in order to support police investigation and initiate an inquiry over the case, while duly considering the health condition of the victim and their relatives,” The Swiss Embassy pointed out.

The Swiss Embassy said due to a deteriorating health condition, the victim is currently not in a state to testify.