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Sri Lankan leader Gotabaya becomes victim in abduction claim

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 20th December, 2019 11:28:47 AM
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday that he has become the victim in the alleged abduction of a Swiss Embassy employee who was reportedly threatened and sexually abused to disclose embassy-related information, reports AP.

Rajapaksa said reports of the alleged abduction appeared in foreign media before the facts were established, and critics accused his government of carrying it out.

"Now it is very clear. Actually in this case the victim is me, it is not that lady," Rajapaksa said in comments to foreign media.

"It is very clear that it is a planned thing to discredit me and the government," he said.

The Swiss foreign ministry summoned Sri Lanka’s ambassador to demand an investigation over the November 25 abduction of embassy employee.

It also criticized a lack of due process in the case.

Police have detained the embassy employee pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence. Rajapaksa says evidence collected by investigators doesn't match her' account.

Rajapaksa became president after winning a November 16 election.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of overseeing what were known as “white van” abduction squads that whisked away critics. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has denied the allegations.