Protest in front of the Mt. Lavinia house Protest in front of the Mt. Lavinia house
Oct 09, 2017

A key suspect still at large in Mt. Lavinia protest Featured

A key suspect in the violent protest against Rohingya refugees at Mt. Lavinia a fortnight ago is still at large.

The Mt. Lavinia magistrate’s court was told today (09) the suspect, Arambepola Rathanasara Thera, has not been arrested yet.

Seven other suspects in the case have been remanded further until October 16.

Four of the 13 witnesses informed the court about their inability to appear for an identification parade that was due today.

Sihala Ravaya leader further remanded

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Sihala Ravaya leader Akmeemana Dayaratana Thera

A Bail application for one of the suspects, Sihala Ravaya leader Akmeemana Dayaratana Thera, will be considered tomorrow.

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Rohingya refugees who arrived in Sri Lanka

The Navy on April 30 arrested 30 Rohingya refugees who were found in a boat floating off Kankesanthurai and handed them over to police.

They were kept under UNHRC care at a house at Mt. Lavinia, in front of which a protest took place on September 26, alleging Myanmar terrorists were staying there illegally.

They were transferred to the Boossa detention centre later in the day.

Refugee girl raped

A policeman has been arrested on a charge of having raped a girl among the refugees at the Mirihana detention centre, before they were sent to the Mt. Lavinia house.

There have been allegations the protest was aimed at covering up the rape incident.

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