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Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 9:34
Assault on tourists : More arrests made
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The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has ordered the closure of the restaurant and beach bar in Mirissa, in which several Dutch and British nationals were allegedly assaulted on 8th of April.
 
Authorities of the Sri Lanka Tourism commenced investigations with regard to the place, and the authority has decided to close it until the investigations are complete.
 
The owner of the restaurant was informed of this on Tuesday.
 
The hotel which was opened in 2011, comprises of 9 rooms with a restaurant which has the capacity to accommodate 50 individuals at any given time.

It was also revealed that the restaurant does not have a license to operate.
 
At this stage, 6 persons have been arrested in connection with the assault of 3 persons from Britain and the Netherlands and attempting to sexually abuse of a woman in their group.

They were arrested by Weligama Police on 13th of April.
 
Police Media Unit said 3 more suspects were arrested over the incident on 17th and altogether 9 suspects are in custody now.

They will be produced for an identification parade today (Apr. 19), police said.

Meanwhile, Weligama Police arrested one suspect on 17th, over a separate incident where 5 Israeli tourists were assaulted on the Midigama beach on the 15th.

He was remanded until 26th of April.

The Weligama Police arrested 3 more suspects linked to this incident yesterday.

The suspects, aged 17, 18, 23 are residents of Midigama, Ahangama and Mirissa.

They were also remanded until 26th of this month by Matara Magistrate.

The 4 suspects will be produced for an identification parade on that day.

Police said so far 13 suspects are in remand custody relating to Mirissa and Midigama incidents where 2 groups of tourists were assaulted.

 
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