Priyanka Fernando

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the revoking of the arrest warrant for Brigadier Priyanka Fernando.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The Foreign Secretary has not had any discussions with Cabinet colleagues regarding the revoking of the arrest warrant for former Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando.

We were deeply concerned by the incident involving the Sri Lankan Defence Attaché last year and made immediate representations to the Sri Lankan Government. I called Foreign Minister Marapana on 8 February 2018 about the matter to raise his concerns. The Defence Attaché was recalled by his Government soon after.

The FCO, which is not a party to the legal proceedings referred to, was contacted by Westminster Magistrate's Court seeking clarification of the Brigadier's diplomatic status in the UK at the time of the incident. The FCO has provided documentation to assist the court.

The UK is committed to upholding the rule of law including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

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