Kuwaiti couple gets jail sentence for airport attack

Bringing pets into Sri Lanka without quarantine clearance can lead to forfeiture of the animal and fine of up to $625


Afp September 15, 2018
Bringing pets into Sri Lanka without quarantine clearance can lead to forfeiture of the animal and fine of up to $625 - PHOTO: REUTERS

AFP: A Kuwaiti man and woman convicted of assaulting customs officers at Sri Lanka's main international airport were handed a six-month jail sentence suspended for five years, an official said on Saturday.

A magistrate sentenced on Friday the 32-year-old woman and her 29-year-old male partner, who were also fined 138,000 rupees ($860).

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They were arrested trying to smuggle in a Burmese Mastiff dog into the country in July without following quarantine procedures. The woman was caught on CCTV cameras assaulting customs officers who tried to stop them.

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Bringing pets into the island without quarantine clearance can lead to the forfeiture of the animal as well as a fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($625).

Customs spokesperson Vipula Minuwanpitiya said the pet dog was confiscated and later given back to the couple to be taken out of the country.

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