Sri Lanka conducted a case involving the sexual harassment of two tourists via video conferencing.
The Attorney General’s Department had permitted the Kandy High Court to proceed with a prosecution on sexual harassment of two female tourists via video conferencing.
On 14th April 2016, two British girls were sexually harassed in Kandy and the suspect was identified by the victims at the identification process held at the Magistrate court under case No. B/38162.
For the identification of the suspect two girls with their family members were brought down to the country by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
After identification, the suspect was indicted at the High Court in Kandy under case 285/2017.
Since both victims were not in a position to attend the prosecution scheduled on 23, 24 and 25th July 2019 the AG’s Department permitted the prosecution to be conducted through video conferencing upon a request made by the British High Commission in Sri Lanka.
The suspect was charged on 6 counts and evidence from the 2nd victim was obtained through skype video call and after completing her evidence successfully the suspect pleaded guilty on all charges against him.
Kandy High Court Judge Lalith Ekanayake imposed 5-year rigorous imprisonment for each charge and by considering the facts highlighted by the defence and state councillors he was ordered to complete his 30 years sentence in 5 years concurrently. Further, he was charged a Rs.3000/- fine for each offence and was ordered to pay Rs. 25,000/- to the Victim Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.
All the necessary diplomatic communications were arranged under the directions DIG Crime, Organized Crimes and Legal Kamal Silva, Director Police Tourist Division Oshan Hewavitharana and Officer-In-Charge of Police Tourist Division, Chief Inspector Prabath Vidananagama.
The British High Commission in Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London and Commonwealth Office in London, AG’s Department of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka together with Police Tourist Division of Sri Lanka facilitated the entire process handled by the Kandy Police.