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Monk indicted, judge stands firm

Panadura Provincial High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka Gunatilleke told a lawyer in a sexual abuse case that the law of the country is equal to all citizens.

The judge told the defence lawyer that no special treatment can be provided by court for monks or any others involved in sexual misconduct or any other offences committed by them.

In this case,Ven Dhambara Sobitha, the chief monk of a temple in Kuda Uduwa, Horana is indicted by the Attorney General with committing a sexual offence on a 16 year old boy between January 2008 and 2009 at the temple. The accused monk is on Rs 1 million cash and personal bail.

State Counsel K.V. Indika objecting to the application of the lawyer informed court the case cannot be compounded. The judge fixed trial for January 15, 2018 and postponed the case.