Kuwaiti couple given bail after Sri Lanka airport brawl

ECONOMYNEXT – The Negombo magistrate has released on personal bail a Kuwaiti couple arrested over an assault that resulted in the hospitalisation of five customs officers who tried to stop them smuggling a pet dog.

The couple was produced before magistrate Nelson P. Kumaranayaka and granted bail on Saturday night, officials said adding that a further hearing has been scheduled for Monday.

Customs officers lodged a complaint with police after the 32-year-old woman and her 29-year-old male partner went on the rampage attacking customs agents after they were told that their dog could not enter the country without following quarantine procedures.

“Bail had been granted and the dog too had been released to the couple, but customs will press charges separately for taking the animal out without paying the applicable duty in addition to quarantine rules,” customs spokesman Vipula Minuvanpitiya said.

The five customs officers who were physically assaulted first by the Kuwaiti woman and then by her male companion have now been discharged from the Negombo base hospital.

Officials said it was the first case of an importer of a pet assaulting customs officers.

(COLOMBO, July 28, 2018)

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