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SL man sentenced for extorting French woman

6 August 2013 04:13 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Sri Lankan man was yesterday sentenced to six-months imprisonment suspended for five years by a Colombo Court, after pleading guilty to extorting Rs.3000 from a French woman who arrived on a tourist visa.  

While ordering the accused to be paid a fine of Rs.1500 in addition to the suspended imprisonment, the Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage observed that such persons create a bad image of Sri Lanka.   

The accused Tuwan Saleem of Kollupitiya was arrested by Police Tourist Division upon a complaint received from the French national Ms. Adeline Pinon of France.

In her complaint to the Police Tourist Division, Ms. Pinon said she arrived in Sri Lanka on July 20 with her friend Nathalie Lesieur, and as they were expecting to leave for India, they had visited the Visa section of the Indian High Commission to apply for a visa.

The complainant said they came outside in search of internet facilities to fill the applications, and a person who on the pretext of helping them to finalise the visa applications, took all the documents and the passport into his possession and extorted a sum of Rs.3000.

The Police Tourist Division who conducted investigations into the incident arrested the accused and produced him before Court.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 8

  • #dave# Wednesday, 07 August 2013 01:43 AM

    Poverty is the main reason for evry incident

    Porky Pig Wednesday, 07 August 2013 03:08 AM

    What about the hotels in Sri Lanka? A hotel room that cost US$ 40 in Thailand cost US$ 180 in Sri Lanka? Is that nice.

    LonwaboTsotsobe Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:53 AM

    so why are the ministers stealing? Are they also poor?

    LonwaboTsotsobe Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:53 AM

    how is that related to the above story?

    Bush Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:16 AM

    Developing the Country wouldn't work without the development of our people..

    Ralph Anthony Kern Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:28 AM

    It is possible that he has connections with UPFA Ministers

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:20 PM

    The French connection.

    Daman Friday, 09 August 2013 02:43 AM

    good one

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