Four suspects in the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl identified at an identification parade

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Four suspects in the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl identified at an identification parade


Sat, Jul 17, 2021, 12:13 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 16, Colombo: Four suspects, including a Maldivian national who was remanded in connection with sexual exploitation of a minor girl bought online, were identified by the abused girl during an identification parade held today.

The identification parade was held before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrema at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today.

The magistrate announced in open court that the girl had identified all four suspects.

Among those identified were a Maldivian national, managers of two hotels in Bambalapitiya and Mount Lavinia and a hotel employee.

Attorneys representing the defendants then requested the court to release their clients on bail.

However, the officer of the Children and Women’s Bureau of the Police stated that although the investigation into the Maldivian national has been completed, investigations are still being carried out on the other three suspects.

The police told the court that their release on bail would hamper the investigation.

After considering the facts presented, the Magistrate ordered the Maldivian national to be released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and two sureties of Rs. 5 million each.

The magistrate ordered that his passport be handed over to the court and banned him from travel. The magistrate ordered the suspect to report to the Police Children and Women’s Bureau every Sunday morning.

The Magistrate also ordered that the other three suspects be remanded until the 29th of this month as the investigation into the case is not over.

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