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Lankan arrested with US 85000 in Mumbai

Finally, after much persuasion, Sajehan agreed to go with “police officials”. The sleuths called in their constable in uniform from the office, who finally took Sajehan into custody. He was later released on bail. He refused to move from the spot and began shouting that he was being targeted since he is from a minority community. When officers insisted he cooperate with them, he held on to a nearby chair and refused to go. Suddenly, he kneeled down and began offering prayers at the spot, forcing the officers to keep their hands off. The area is under CCTV coverage. About $80,000 were found wrapped in newspapers and concealed in cardboard packing of bedsheets and ladies suit pieces in his baggage. Another $4,500 was found on him during a search.Sajehan later told the customs officials that four days ago, he went to Colombo from Singapore with the currency. He then came to Mumbai to exchange it, assuming he would get a good exchange rate. But he was unable to exchange the dollars at authorized centres as he was not carrying the required documents. He was returning to Colombo when he was intercepted. A Sri Lankan citizen was arrested at the departure area of the international airport in Andheri in Mumbai with about US $85,000 (almost Rs 56 lakh) after a drama lasting about an hour and a half early on Friday.The Colombo-bound passenger, Mohammed Sajehan, caught the eye of officials of the Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU) of customs when he was trying to hurry into the aircraft close to departure time. Alerted by this behavior that sleuths said is typical of currency smugglers, officials stopped him. A jumpy Sajehan first denied he was carrying any contraband but later admitted he was carrying $40,000. The sleuths suspected he might be carrying more and asked him to accompany them to their office. At that moment he started screaming and all hell broke loose. read more

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UN womens rights experts want foreign judges in Lankan probe

It is particularly concerned that such militarization constitutes a barrier to the resettlement of internally displaced women, durable solutions for their housing, and their ability regain their livelihoods.The Committee also notes that a Cabinet Sub-Committee was appointed in 2016 to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. However, it notes that the Committee appointed by the Minister of Justice in 2009 to consider and propose reforms to Muslim Personal law and the Quazi courts has not issued any recommendations.The Committee reiterates its previous concerns and, given that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act imposes exclusive and compulsory jurisdiction over Muslim marriages, the Committee expresses its particular concern that it does not specify a minimum age of marriage and girls under 12 years of age are permitted to marry; restricts the legal and judicial officer positions of Quazis, Board of Quazi members, Marriage Registrars and adjudicators to male Muslims only; and that the law on statutory rape is not applicable to girls under 16 years of age who are legally married under Muslim law, who engage in sexual intercourse with their husband while not legally separated. (Colombo Gazette)Full report: The UN Committee has also called on Sri Lanka to expedite the review and amendment of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act, to incorporate better safeguards for the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary and witness protection programmes, in line with international standards. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has called on Sri Lanka to ensure international participation in the accountability mechanisms as a necessary guarantee for the independence and impartiality of the process.In a report on Sri Lanka issued today, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has also called on Sri Lanka to ensure international judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers participate in the accountability mechanisms in line with Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. It also is concerned about the ongoing militarization of large areas of private land in the conflict-affected areas of the country, the usurpation of civilian administration responsibilities by the military, and the resulting large scale displacements of women and men in the State party, where 32 camps for internally displaced persons continue to exist. read more

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