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Nine suspects further remanded

The nine persons who were arrested for assaulting a group of Dutch tourists and sexually assaulting a female in the group at the Mirissa beach on April 8 were presented for an identification parade yesterday and ordered to be further remanded until May 3, the Police Media Spokesman’s office said.

Police had arrested six persons for the incident on April 13 earlier, based on the investigations carried out by Weligama Police, and they were produced in the Matara Magistrate’s Court on April 14 and ordered to be remanded until April 19.

The Police Media Division said that investigations into the incident continued and another three were arrested on April 17. They were remanded until April 19.

The nine suspects were produced before an identification parade yesterday.

Police had also arrested a person on April 17 for assaulting five Israeli tourists at the Midigama beach on April 15.

He was produced in court and ordered to be remanded until April 26.

Further investigations were carried out into the incident and three more suspects were arrested on April 18. They were produced in court and remanded until April 26. They are in the age group of 17, 18 and 23, residents of Midigama, Ahangama and Mirissa. The suspects were remanded until April 26 and will be produced before the Matara Magistrate’s Court and presented for an identification parade.