A Sri Lankan  former MP from the Gampaha District and one-time Sri Lanka envoy in an overseas diplomatic mission has been arraigned before a British Court for sexual assault.�The man, said to be wealthy, had gone to a London gymnasium and sought a massage in one of its booths. The masseuse has complained to the Police that he fondled her and made sexual advances.

The case came up before the Wimbledon Magistrate’s Court last month. The former Sri Lankan MP was released on Sterling Pounds 5,000 (more than Rs. 1.3 million) bail after he denied the charges against him. Attorneys from the law firm G.T. Stewart are appearing for him and the trial has been fixed for October 29. Records showed that the man and his wife held a multiple entry visa to Britain.

The court has granted permission for him to visit Sri Lanka in the meanwhile. If found guilty, the one-time politico-cum-diplomat, faces a jail term of more than three years and a fine, or both.

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