Former Sri Lankan Diplomat Convicted at re-trial

Brigadier Fernando, a former Sri Lankan diplomat to the UK, was convicted at a re-trial for section 4A Public Order Act Offences on 6 December 2019 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £2000 and ordered to pay compensation to each of the victims. The Judge also upheld her decision of 1 March 2019 that Brigadier Fernando did not enjoy residual diplomatic immunity for the cut throat gestures he made towards Tamil protestors outside the Sri Lankan High Commission on 4 February 2018.

Shanthi Sivakumaran, led by Peter Carter QC, and instructed by Public Interest Law Centre acted for the Private Prosecutor.

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