Leading Businessman Arrested On Charges Of Rape

Greenlanka Shipping Ltd. Managing Director Prashan Nanayakkara was arrested and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today on charges of rape and was released on a surety of one million rupees.
 
He was arrested earlier today following investigations on a complaint filed by a young woman, who said that she was sexually exploited by the said individual for a period of 10 years and that she was also brutally raped and assaulted.
 
The incident of rape took place in 2013 at a housing complex in Bambalapitiya, the victimized girl said. She had filed a complaint at Bambalapitiya Police Station, but it had not initiated an investigation. Following this she had reported to the IGP who directed the matter to Police Special Investigations Unit.
 
She had told police that she appeared in several visual programs produced for children by a private television channel by the year of 2004 and accidentally met the businessman during a TV program held at a leading hotel in Colombo. At the time she was 12 years old, the girl said.
 
She further said that the businessman had given her a chocolate box during this TV program and found a contact number of the businessman which was placed in it.
 
She said the businessman contacted her over the phone and took her to several hotels and apartments while she was attending tuition classes. The victim said she was brutally sexually abused by the businessman in an unnatural manner and she was severely beaten by him once she refused to do so. She said she was admitted to a private hospital owing to an attack carried out by the businessman and it finally resulted in a surgery to her ear.
 
Special Investigations Unit initiated investigations and filed a report in June 2014 with the Colombo Fort Magistrate, informing that it will be seeking advice from the Attorney General. The AG instructed that a non-summary inquiry be held on the matter. Police SIU arrested the individual following these instructions.
 
The non-summary inquiry was fixed for September 16.
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