Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thero arrested

Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thero arrested

October 20, 2017   03:20 pm

Venerable Arambepola Rathanasara Thero has been arrested in connection with the threatening of Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia. 

The Buddhist monk was arrested by Nittambuwa Police this morning (20), according to the police media unit.

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) is currently recording a statement from the Thero regarding the incident. 

Several suspects were arrested in connection with the attack which had occurred on September 26.

An angry mob of monks and their supporters threw stones and smashed windows and furniture of a UN safe house in Mount Lavinia sheltering 31 Rohingya refugees, including 16 children and seven women.

Ven. Akmeemana  Dayarathana Thero of the Sinhala Ravaya organization and Ven. Rathanasara Thero were called to appear at the CCD in connection with the incident. However, the latter had failed to appear befreo police and was believed to have been absconding. 

Ven. Dayarathana Thero was arrested and remanded on October 02. He was granted bail on October 10 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court.

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