By Colombo Telegraph
Sri Lanka High Commission, UK says that it represented at Court to offer consular and legal assistance to Pahalagama Somaratana Thero, the Chief Priest of the Thames Buddhist Vihara.
The thero and the Dayaka Sabha had requested assistance from the Sri Lankan mission. Pahalagama Somaratana Nayaka Thero, charged with raping an underage girl in the 1970s appeared before Court on Monday. The Thero was released on bail.
Head of the Consular Services of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Chaminda Kularatna told BBC Sinhala Service that the accused Thero who holds a Sri Lanka passport had been informed of available consular and legal assistance.
Pahalagama Somaratana Thero has been charged with rape and three counts of sexual abuse, police said. The alleged rape and three counts of indecent assault occurred in Chiswick, west London, in 1977 and 1978.