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* Sri Lankan court orders release of British rugby player's body to family
Thu, May 17, 2018, 08:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 17, Colombo: The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court today ordered the body of the British national rugby player Thomas Betty, who mysteriously died in Sri Lanka, to be released to his father.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate issued the order when the postmortem examination of the two British rugby players, who died after developing breathing difficulties in Sri Lanka, was held today.

The postmortem examination of 26-year-old Tom Betty was performed today and preliminary evidence was recorded.

The magistrate ordered the body of the player to be released to his father and ordered to take measures to repatriate the body to the UK through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The post mortem examination of 25-year-old Thomas Howard is scheduled to be held on Friday (18). The magistrate is expected to issue the order to release his body tomorrow following the post mortem.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan police are investigating whether the deaths of two British nationals in Sri Lanka were caused by a drug overdose.

The two players developed breathing difficulties after attending the Cleopatra Night Club in Kollupitiya.

The judicial medical examination trial of Thomas Howard revealed that his cause of death was not an injury or a natural cause. His body parts have been sent to the Government Analyst for further testing.

 

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