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Sri Lankan STF officer sentenced for raping Batticaloa child

A Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) constable was sentenced by the Batticaloa High Court to 15 years in prison for raping a child in 2009.

The officer was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in February 2009 when he was serving at a Special Task Force (STF) camp in Vellaveli, Batticaloa.

The charges come five years after the Attorney General’s Department first filed a case against the accused in 2014. The Batticaloa High Court Judge, N. M. Mohamed Abdullah, drew from witness statements provided by the victim; police officers, professionals and judged the suspect to be guilty on Friday October 9th 2020.

On Friday October 23rd, the Batticaloa High Court judge stated, “The accused has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment with a fine of 5000 Sri Lankan Rupees. A failure to pay the fine will result in a further 6 months of imprisonment. The criminal must also pay a compensation of 100,000 Sri Lankan Rupees to the victim and any failure to do so will result in another 1 month of imprisonment.”

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