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Last updated: 20 August, 2011 - Published 11:28 GMT
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Monk arrested on child abuse charges
Child abuse
The senior Buddhist monk is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year old girl
Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a senior Buddhist monk on charges of repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year old girl.

Namalwewa Rathanasara nayake thero was arrested by the police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at Colombo’s international airport when he arrived from Singapore.

Producing the chief incumbent of Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya, the police requested the Colombo magistrate Tikiri K Jayathilake to remand him in custody until 24 August.

But the magistrate ordered the monk to be taken to police custody and to be produced before Anuradhapura magistrate.

A court in Anuradhapura, north central Sri Lanka, has issued a warrant to arrest Rathanasara thero on 12 August but media reports said he has left Sri Lanka after the warrant was issued.

Police said Namalwewa Rathanasara thero will remain in Colombo on Sunday as it is not required by law to transfer him within 24 hours.

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