Naomi Michelle Cokeman vs The Hon. Attorney General Attorney General’s Department S.C (FR) Application 136/2014

On the day in question as pleaded Petitioner arrived in Sri Lanka at the Katunayake airport. All official steps as clearance from Customs AND Immigrations were attended and was permitted entry. She proceeded towards the exit of the airport. Petitioner was approached by a taxi driver called ‘Kelum’ who was later identified and another bystander informed her that the tattoo she was displaying on her right arm is objectionable in Sri Lanka. Thereafter another person claiming to be a member of the Civil Defence Force came to the scene and initially informed the Petitioner that the tattoo was unacceptable, and also informed her that she should proceed to the nearest police station. It is pleaded that all efforts to……..

direct the State to pay the Petitioner a sum of Rs. 500000/- (Five Hundred Thousand) as compensation and costs in a sum of Rs. 200000/- (Two Hundred Thousand). I also direct the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to pay Rs 50,000/- each as compensation to the Petitioner. Application allowed with costs.

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