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October 19, 2019
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Sri Lankan police held top judge over sexual abuse

COLOMBO – Sri Lankan police on Tuesday made the first ever arrest of a Supreme Court judge who was accused of an alleged sexual assault, an official said.

Sri Lankan police official said a judge named Sarath de Abrew was arrested after a complaint that he tried to force a 39-year-old woman to have sex with him and beat her up when she refused to do so.

It is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that a judge from the apex court has been arrested.

Supreme court judges can only be removed through a complicated impeachment process in parliament. Sri Lanka’s parliament was dissolved last month ahead of elections in August.