Brig. who made ‘throat-slitting’ gesture suspended!

The Foreign Ministry has suspended the minister councilor (defence) attached to the Sri Lankan high commission in London, Brig, Priyanka Fernando with immediate effect, over his alleged ‘throat-slitting’ gesture in front of Tamil protestors on February 04.

The ministry said in a statement that it had paid strong attention to the matter that was given publicity on social media and websites and sent appropriate instructions to the HC.

The Army will also conduct an inquiry.

Reports reaching us say London Metropolitan police have already begun an investigation against Brig. Fernando, after receiving several complaints.

They will base the video of the incident being circulated as evidence.

He is likely to get arrested in London, as diplomatic immunity is not applicable for what he had done outside the HC premises, and could be declared ‘persona non grata’ too.

Tamil MPs in the UK parliament have lodged a complaint with the Foreign and Commonwealth office, after which the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry was officially asked to conduct an investigation.

Reports say Tamils in Britain are obtaining a judicial review of the incident for further action.

The brigadier in question is allegedly without qualifications to hold the position and got posted to London only through his links with top UNP figures in the good governance government. His conduct is described as a disgrace to his predecessors, for instance Maj. Gen. Prasad Samarasinghe, who did a commendable job as the minister councilor (defence) at the height of the war.

The Foreign Ministry statement:

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