Sri Lanka rejects Swiss request to fly staffer for treatment

Dinesh Gunawardena

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says the government has rejected a request from the Swiss Embassy to allow one of its employees to be flown out for medical treatment after a group allegedly abducted and threatened her to disclose embassy information.

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said Wednesday that the woman has not made a statement to police about the incident despite repeated requests. Instead, he said, the government has received a request from the Swiss Embassy for permission to fly the woman out in an ambulance aircraft.

Switzerland says the woman is not able to give a statement because of ill health.

A court on Tuesday blocked the staffer from traveling abroad without making a statement to police.