Final decision concerning Brig. Fernando to be taken up today: Military sources

A final decision with regard to the future course of action concerning Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, is expected to be taken today, according to reliable Military sources.

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was recalled to Sri Lanka due to security concerns and held consultations with Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

He is said to have explained the incident noting that he had pointed to the Sri Lanka flag on his shoulder, but that the throat slashing incident was not meant for the protestors, but was an indication to the sergeant to say the event was over. Meanwhile, with regard to news reports that he was to leave for a career course in China, Military sources said that it was definitely not compulsory, but it would be decided by this evening as to whether Brigadier Priyanka Fernando would prefer to take up the course. He, himself understands that it would be difficult for him to continue his stint in London under the present situation, but the decision is his to make, the source added.

With regard to the family of the Brigadier, these sources added that there were no valid grounds to warrant the immediate return of his family. “These are countries that respect human rights and there are no grounds to send back the Brigadier’s family as his children were attending school, while it takes time for them to organise these matters,” the source added. 

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