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Sri Lankan army dismisses UK arrest warrant for brigadier

The Sri Lankan military said it was not aware of the issuing of an arrest warrant for Brigadier Priyanka Fernando by a UK court yesterday, stating that it was “not concerned” over the matter.

"If a warrant has been issued then the relevant authorities must follow the due procedure in order to inform us formally" Media Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Sumith Atapattu told Times Online.

Fernando had been found guilty through a private prosecution of committing public order offences, when he was filmed motioning a death threat to Tamils in London last year, running his finger across his neck whilst dressed in full military uniform.

"We are not concerned over such media reports. If we receive an official notification then we shall act accordingly," added Atapattu.

Fernando now risks arrest if he was to ever return to the UK.