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Sri Lankan official in UK suspended over throat-cutting gesture

Authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner.

In this connection, instructions have been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London today, 6 February 2018, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry said that the authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately.

British Parliamentarians Joan Ryan and Siobhain McDonagh had called on the British Foreign Secretary to “withdraw Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s diplomatic papers and expel him” from the UK, after he was filmed making ‘throat-cutting gestures’ to Tamils protesting outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, on Sunday 4 February.

Ms Ryan and Ms McDonagh, the Vice Chair and Senior Vice Chair of the Tamil All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), also said in their letter to Boris Johnson MP that the conduct of Brigadier Fernando – Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché to the UK – was “inappropriate, unacceptable and threatening […] from someone who is serving in an official capacity as a guest of this country.”

Meanwhile, Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour in the UK said that Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s behaviour was despicable.

“His actions were clearly an attempt to intimidate and silence peaceful protests opposed to the on-going persecution of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Given the Sri Lankan military’s long history of committing human rights violations and alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity on Tamils, the Defence Attaché’s threats must be taken seriously by the UK Government,” Kandiah said.

Kandiah said he supported calls from Joan Ryan MP and Siobhain McDonagh MP saying that the Foreign Secretary must expel Brigadier Fernando from the UK without delay. (Colombo Gazette)

 

19 Comments for “Sri Lankan official in UK suspended over throat-cutting gesture”

  1. It is very sad to see the gesture from Fernando all over the news in UK. The behaviour of one idiot is tarnishing the image of the Army. The President should not only sack him from his post, but also punish him for spoiling the image of our country. I am sure this racist army man would have involved in war crime during the war ended in 2009. This should be investigated as well. Fernando you are disgraceful to our country.

    • Kalum

      Are You in Srilanka?
      idiot

      • Pasindu

        People who faced the brutal terrorist know their brutal dignity. He is a real Sri Lankan. Not an idiot.

    • Tony

      The Tamils (and Sinhalese, etc) who made money from the War is trying to start the war again.

      Countries like U.K., Canada, U.S.A., etc RUN-ON (Yes NEED) countries like Sri Lanka to be de-stabilized so that they can get the best-brains and CASH to do their SERVANT jobs. Getting the best brains to wash their toilets is a BONUS, what they really want is to get the CASH and sell their ‘feminism’ and other ‘sodomy’, etc…

      Tamils who are protesting, if they are British nationals have NO REASON to protest about the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. If British nationals are INTERFERING in Sri Lankan affairs they should be investigated and SL should consider it an ‘act of war’.

      I think is it high time that Tamils stopped spitting on their own food… thanks to your attitude the great nation of Sri Lanka is brought to disrepute!

      The President and PM should be very alert to international forces attempting to destabilize Sri Lanka.

      Enough said!

    • saman

      go away you damn filthy AMIR….you are nothing but a shame to every srilankan for putting this type of comment for our beloved soldier,,,,,

  2. Romeo

    Sri Lanka hamuthawatte Jayawewa.

    Brigadier has lot of experience in cutting peoples throat with sharp knife.

    Even in London.

    How smart looking Lanka puthriya . Hat off to you sir

  3. Maha sangara

    Dangerous man. How many Tamils he has already killed?

    • Prasanna

      He has killed lot of Rude LTTE Terrorist in this country who killed innocent Sinhalese, Tamil & Muslims. Also has been cut off throat mad dog that had killed an innocent mother while feeding 6months child. Fortunately the baby has been recovered while sucking his mother’s hot blood. Any terrorist activity in the world should be vanished without any hesitating.

    • Earth

      They killed millions of tamilans probably called as genocide.. Sri lankans had more blood stain in their hand

  4. BRADLY MAYURA AMUNUGAMA

    We condolence of brtish government allowed this type of terror in this world not like at all. The Precdent of America Never Allowed.
    We as Human in this world we don’t like these protesters are benefit taken from cancer of terrorism can’t allowed to protest in London.
    If they can do in Sri Lanka. They can’t.
    In Sri Lanka having very good relationship with other communities.
    We, I Never allowed to start any kind of terrorism in this country .

    LTTE kill most of feeding mothers cutting throw while baby having brestmillk.

    As we love to our world and we condolence this type of protesting allowed by Government.

    Bradly.

    • singing fish

      Bradly,can you give one incident where the tigers cut a mother when she was breast feeding the baby.For the sake of writing a comment,don’t write nonsense.The inborn character of you made,you to write comment like this.

  5. Tony

    Tamils have NO SELF RESPECT. They are protesting on foreign soil about their country. Go back to SL and protest there. Go meet the President/PM and tell him your woes.

    Sri lanka is a great nation, the LTTE terrorists, to get the ‘white-mans’ sympathy and SLAVE JOBS are discrediting THEMSELVES.

    Sri Lankans (together with the President and PM) should be very alert to countries that DEPEND on Immigration for their survival trying to destabilize Sri Lanka.

    All Sri Lankans (Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher, Chinese, etc) should come together to DEFEND Sri Lanka from countries trying to destabilize Sri Lanka to get immigrants/CASH, etc.

    Any Tami, Sinhalese, etc living out of Sri Lanka and condemning Sri Lanka should be considered as traitors or foreigners committing an act of war against Sri Lanka.

  6. Imran

    What an idiot! Shame

  7. Glen

    Proud of you Sir. Wish every Sri Lankan will be like this

    • not ur business

      I’m confused as to why you’re proud? like he’s threatening to kill peaceful protesters are u dumb mate looool the hatred between Tamils n Sinhalese in SL is real we all live here in peace bc WERE ALL EQUAL ffs

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