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Sri Lankan police claim woman commits ‘suicide’ in custody

Sri Lankan authorities claimed that a woman who died under police custody committed “suicide” after jumping off the 5th floor of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Colombo.

The 46-year-old woman had reportedly been detained over fraud allegations.

The CID headquarters, and especially its ‘4th floor’, is notorious for the torture of detainees.

Questions have been raised as to how such an incident could have taken place given the intense security presence in the building, situated in the Fort area of the southern capital.

Though further details are still to be released, Sri Lankan authorities reportedly told The Island that this is the first time a woman had “committed suicide by jumping from the CID building”.


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