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Former State Minister of Finance arrested in Sri Lanka in a child exploitation case

Lamya Abdulla
05 July 2021, MVT 14:17
Lamya Abdulla
05 July 2021, MVT 14:17

Former State Minister of Finance and former Chairman of Dhiraagu Mohamed Ashmalee has been arrested over sexual exploitation of a 15 year old child in Sri Lanka.

Mihaaru News have confirmed with the Sri Lankan Police that the 45 year old Maldivian national among the arrested suspects is former state minister Ashmalee.

The girl had been sexually exploited in Mount Lavinia area for over a period of three months according to the police.

Police have identified additional 12 suspects and they are yet to arrested.

Police suspects Ashmalee been a customer to have sexual relations with the child. It is believed he aided the network that continued to exploit her. However as this is an ongoing investigation, Police did not confirm whether they are accusing Ashmalee of having sexual encounter with her.

This case is being investigated as a child exploitation case.

So far, among the arrested individuals, the mother of the child is included in addition to an autodriver, a car driver, a gem businessman, a monk, Captain of a ship, website owner, hotel manager and the person who has designed the advertisement. Vice Chairman of telecom Sri Lankan company Mihintala Pradeshiya Sabha has also been arrested.