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Navy suspends arrested Cardiologist 

By Dinitha Rathnayake

 

Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, had, with effect from yesterday (7), suspended the service of the specialist cardiologist and Navy surgeon who was apprehended on 6 July with regard to the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl. 

The Navy suspended the service of this Naval surgeon in support of further investigations and the judicial proceedings in connection with this incident. Further, the Navy will be conducting a separate internal investigation into the incident at the behest of the Navy Commander. 

The Police arrested the 41-year-old cardiologist over the Mount Lavinia child sex trafficking ring. He is a reputed cardiologist working in Colombo, said the Police Media Spokesman, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) Ajith Rohana on 6 July. 

On 5 July, a 33-year-old male was also arrested for procuring the 15-year-old victim. 

Several names have been revealed with regard to exploiting the 15-year-old victim, noted SDIG Rohana, adding that special teams have been deployed to arrest all the suspects. 

A special investigation was also launched on websites for advertising sexual services for the procuring of the 15-year-old victim, explained SDIG Rohana. 

In total, over 34 suspects were arrested in connection to the Mount Lavinia child sex trafficking ring and 12 more suspects have been identified for committing statutory rape. A former Maldivian State Finance Minister, the Mihintale Pradeshiya Sabha Deputy Chairman, a monk, a ship captain and a leading gem merchant were among the suspects.