Sri Lanka’s Defence attache in London suspended

Published : 9:10 am  February 7, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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MB_8-1By Lahiru Pothmulla  

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London has been suspended following a video, which showed him behaving in an offensive manner,  was circulated on social media.   


In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday the authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of the alleged incident involving the Minister Counsellor (Defence) behaving in an offensive manner.   “In this connection, instructions were sent to the Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London on Tuesday to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work with immediate effect. Authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately,” it said.   The incident occurred during a protest held outside the High Commission in London on the Independence Day of Sri Lanka by a group of Tamil youths.  The protesters demanded information on the missing persons, to release all ‘political prisoners’ and to close down torture camps.   

A video showed Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Priyankara Fernando, who came out from the High Commission office, making a ‘cut-throat’ gesture towards the protesters.