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Arrested sex worker in possession of assets worth Rs.100mn!

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Five people including two Thai nationals were arrested after a brothel in a two-storey building in Kollupitiya was raided by the Panadura-Walana Anti-Corruption Unit.

Among the other three suspects are a 24-year-old Sri Lankan girl who provides sex services at higher prices, the manager of the brothel and an ex-army officer who operated it.

Preliminary investigations revealed that local and foreign wealthy personnel have visited the brothel seeking the service of women.

Police said the seven-year-old daughter of the 24-year-old girl was also present at the venue.

The raid was carried out by the officers of the Panadura-Walana Anti-Corruption Unit using an informant who paid Rs.10,000 to a woman.

Police said the two Thai girls who were among the five arrested did not even have their passports with them.

Police investigations revealed that the arrested 24-year-old Sri Lankan girl owns property worth around Rs.100 million including three luxury cars and a three-storey house under construction in Piliyandala in her name.

During the questioning, the suspect has said that these assets were earned from prostitution and that she earns about Rs.130,000 per day.

Investigations also revealed that she had even given a loan of 3.5 million rupees to the manager of the brothel to repair it.

The main suspect, the ex-army officer, was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital amid police protection as he was suffering from an illness.

The owners have operated the brothel in the Kollupitiya police division with the blessings of senior officials of the Kollupitiya Police.

The Panadura-Walana Anti-Corruption Unit has obtained a search warrant from the court to conduct this raid and many brothels and massage parlours in Kollupitiya have received information about the raid beforehand.

Police said that they will get the assistance of a translator through the Thai Embassy to get statements from the arrested Thai nationals.

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Wijedasa requests Speaker to summon key officials of JSA

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally requested the Speaker to summon key officials of the Judicial Service Association (JSA) to the Committee on Privileges. 
This follows a JSA statement, which the Minister alleges, has breached his parliamentary privileges.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, Minister Rajapakshe highlighted his concerns regarding the recent statement made by the Chairman and Secretary of the JSA.

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Five-member judge bench appointed to hear ex-Navy chief’s writ

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The Court of Appeal has decided for the writ petition filed by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda over the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009, to be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench.

The former Navy Chief has filed the relevant petition seeking an order preventing the hearing of a case filed before the Colombo High Court against him and several others, related to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and its suburbs in the 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundera, Sampath B. Abeykoon, Mayadunne Corea and Chamath Morais on September 25, 2024.

The petitioner’s attorney has alleged through this petition that despite the investigations into the case stretching out for 10 years and statements being recorded from over 150 persons, the police had failed to uncover evidence to prove his client guilty of abducting and killing the said 11 youths.

(adaderana.lk)

 (This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Rulers can’t decide whether country isn’t bankrupt anymore – Sajith

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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has slammed the government, saying that rulers themselves cannot decide if the country is bankrupt any longer.

He said that making the relevant  decision is up to international rating agencies, and they are yet to find the country eligible to be so.

“When the debt repayment system is prepared, the international rating companies such as Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s, will use the financial data to declare whether our country is bankrupt or not because our country has entered into a debt repayment system,” he pointed out. 

“One of the reasons for the decline of this country is the deception, desperation and trickery of the people. The people of a bankrupt country should pay attention to the information and data provided by international financial rating agencies which decide whether the country is bankrupt or not,” he added.

Mr. Premadasa was speaking after donating smart classroom equipment to St. John’s College, Kalutara yesterday (June 24).

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