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The Negombo Magistrate handed a six-month jail sentence suspended for five years for the Kuwaiti couple, who were arrested by the Airport Police for assaulting five customs officials on July 27, after they were found guilty.

Police said the case was taken up for the hearing on Friday and the Magistrate ordered to  fined Rs. 9,000 for each over six charges.

Five officials of the Customs Department including a woman were injured after they were allegedly assaulted by the Kuwaiti couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when they were requested to quarantine their pet dog.

The 32-year-old woman and her 29-year-old male partner, who arrived in Sri Lanka from Kuwait were not willing to proceed with the animal quarantine regulation and they had attempted to forcibly exit the BIA Arrival Lounge along with their pet dog.

The woman was caught on CCTV cameras assaulting customs officers who tried to stop them.

The couple was produced in the court on July 28 and were released on bail.

The pet dog was confiscated and later given back to the couple to be taken out of the country.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 14

  • Daniel Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:00 AM

    Why the sentence 'suspended'? Should have fined at least a million rupees each.

    GH Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:00 PM

    Believe, the government respects the multi BILLIONS earned from KUWAIT thru various ways.

    Ram Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:12 AM

    If this happens in Kuwait for us, what will be the judgement. Death sentence immediately. Why so soft on them here.

    shan dubai Sunday, 16 September 2018 02:04 PM

    If that is the case most of the srilankas living in kuwait ,uae , bahrain would have been dead by now cos our people become wild animals when we are drunk .so dont say what ever comes to mouth .3 month jail and deportation is the punishment for such offence

    Ram Sekar Sunday, 16 September 2018 02:20 PM

    Because thousands of our sister making living in Kuwait.

    RDF Sunday, 16 September 2018 03:18 PM

    Thats because we dont do tit-for tat. Our laws are more civilized and advanced. Would you bite back a dog. Please dont exhibit your immaturity.

    AngelVilla Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:18 AM

    What would have happened to a Sri Lankan couple (non politico or any connections) which did the same thing.

    Ceylon Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:59 PM

    When the judgement give to customs men who insulted and asaulted this two tourists ????.

    Ganesh Sunday, 16 September 2018 05:58 PM

    Sri Lankan justice

    Citizen Sunday, 16 September 2018 06:04 PM

    The CCTV videos clearly show who assaulted whom. This is a travesty of justice and a shame for the country.

    Lawry Monday, 17 September 2018 02:18 PM

    You only saw the edited film clip. It is the Kuwaiti woman who first assumed. This was telecast on TV.

    Jaliya Sunday, 16 September 2018 07:23 PM

    Unruly corrupt custom officers got away easily on the account of these Kuwaiti tourists. Why weren't they punish for sticking their nose in to the Government veterinary officers duty ? Quarantine procedures is dictated by the Government veterinary officer on duty at the arrival hall. NOT by the custom officers .. this case should be dismissed.

    Gayathri Monday, 17 September 2018 09:28 AM

    Okay Jaliya. Talking about law eh? First you need to download a copy of the customs ordinance. Then go to section 50A(1). Read it. Then read the Schedule B of the Customs ordinance. The biggest fools are the ones who are half educated.

    Tamil Sunday, 16 September 2018 08:50 PM

    The Sinhalese are so respectful to all foreigners,even to foreign nationals who come and beat up not one but five customs officials.They only show their toughness to the Tamils.

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