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A bookshop owner who pleaded guilty for selling a book containing pornographic material to a police officer who acted as a decoy at a bookshop in Kollupitiya was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.2,500 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday.

The accused Lorenz Bernard Ranjith of Piliyandala was arrested by the Kollupitiya Police while he was trying to sell the book containing obscene pictures, for a price of Rs.3,000. Kollupitiya Police informed court that the book concerned had been published in English and consisted of 292 pages.

When the accused was produced before Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne he pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.2,500.  Police alleged the accused had committed a punishable offence which comes under section 2 (1) of the Obscene Publications Act No 22 of 1983. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • xlntgson Saturday, 04 February 2012 03:10 AM

    Out dated laws: while struggling to block millions of porn sites, print porn is insignificant, always in control- easily detectable by parents, teachers and elders! Of course married and engaged may not get spoiled if they are judicious, there are soft porns which the law won't define or unable to, the ribbon is too thin to cut (! )

    mohan Saturday, 04 February 2012 03:16 AM

    book price of Rs.3,000 and fine Rs. 2500 (he can recover it by selling 2 or 3 book) fine and punishment should reduce offences but fine like this encourage others to do this type of offence

    sdherath Saturday, 04 February 2012 05:01 AM

    define pornography please. police????

    Amith Saturday, 04 February 2012 08:43 PM

    Why think Selling pornographi books is so serious when pornograph is practiced physically all over. Why can't the police stop that .

    asoka abeywardena Saturday, 04 February 2012 07:27 AM

    probably he was trying to give sex education...the problem i see here is he has charged money for that...since we have free education it is illegal to charge...

    Engineer Saturday, 04 February 2012 08:23 AM

    You see the definition clearly and specifically written in law books.


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