Alleged kidney racket: suspended sentence for three Indians

Three Indians who pleaded guilty for over-staying in Sri Lanka without having valid visas and escaping from lawful custody, were yesterday sentenced to one year's imprisonment suspended for five years by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.

Apart from the suspended imprisonment, three Indians were ordered to pay a fine of Rs. 100,000.

However, two Indians who did not plead guilty to the charges were ordered to be further remanded till . They will have to face trial on the next hearing date.

At a previous occasion, the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had filed charge sheets written in English against five Indians arrested in the investigations into a kidney racket involving Indians and Sri Lankans.

The five Indians were charged under Section 45(1) (a) of the Immigrants and Emigrants Act for over staying in Sri Lanka without having valid visas. They were further charged under Section 219 of the Penal Code for intentionally escaping from the lawful custody of the Immigration and Emigration officers while they were being kept at the Mirihana detention camp.

The CCD had filed charge sheets against five accused Theppala Vikky Raja, Raghavendra Uppara, Sai Vamsi Krishna, Sanmugan Sri Navas and Narasimhappa Ramachandra.

Deputy Solicitor General Chetiya Gunasekara with Colombo Crimes Division Unit I OIC Inspector Fernando appeared for the prosecution.


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