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Sri Lanka’s reputation as a country that upholds rule of law at stake: Switzerland

 A statement issued by Swiss foreign ministry last night said it expects the Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities to comply with national law and international judicial standards and to ensure that the employee’s rights are better protected.

The statement came following the arrest of lady employee last evening and the statement expressed concern over the development calling on the Sri Lankan authorities to meet their obligations under applicable law and give due consideration to the employee’s poor state of health.

It also criticised the 30-hour interrogation to which the employee was subjected over three days despite being in poor health and the public statements by senior Sri Lankan officials questioning her account before the investigations had been completed.

Earlier, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa in his meeting with Swiss ambassador yesterday has termed the alleged abduction as a total fabrication.

The President said the embassy official must have been compelled by some interested parties to bring him and his government in to disrepute. The President said it is not clear why the alleged victims acted in such a manner.

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