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Swiss employee’s mobile phone directed to Gov’t Analyst for report

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna yesterday issued an order directing the Government Analyst that a mobile phone analytical report of the Swiss embassy officer Garniar Banister Francis be submitted in court as a confidential report.

Swiss Embassy employee Garniar Banister Francis claimed she was allegedly kidnapped and threatened by a group of unidentified persons. She is on bail.

The Chief Magistrate observed that there is no impediment to call for an analytical in respect of the mobile phone relating to a criminal investigation in terms of the section section 38 (2) of the Diplomatic Privileges Act (No.09 of 1996). She further observed that the investigation pertaining to the Garniar’s mobile phone should not hamper the official information relating to the Swiss Embassy Mission.

Defence Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma who appeared on behalf of the Swiss Embassy employee had earlier informed court that there is no legality in directing his client’s mobile phone to the Government Analyst in accordance with section 38 (2) of the Diplomatic Privileges Act (No.09 of 1996). He further submitted to court that his client had engaged in several official mobile phone conversations using her mobile phone.

Criminal Investigations Department officials informed court that a mobile sim card belonging to a one Lakna Paranamanna had been used by journalist Dharisha Bastians to contact the Swiss employee. The CID further stated that on numerous occasions Dharisha Bastians, former Lake House Chairman Krishantha Cooray, former CID Director Shani Abeysekera and CID Inspector Nishantha Silva had called each other between November 10, 2019 and November 30,2019. The CID further submitted to court that Krishantha Cooray and Dharisha Bastians had already travelled to Switzerland following this incident. The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for February 11.

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