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* Court orders more arrests over British rugby players' deaths
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 08:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today ordered the police to arrest the individuals who provided drugs to the two British national rugby players leading to their deaths while in the country.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today remanded the suspect, arrested for selling drugs to two British rugby players, until August 24.

The suspect, A. Senarath Premathilaka De Silva was arrested on July 31 on suspicion of selling drugs to two British rugby players, who died in Colombo in May due to the use of contaminated heroin.

At the hearing today, the suspect's lawyer pointed out that no other suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Magistrate ordered the police to arrest the individuals who took the rugby players to buy the drugs and who supplied the contaminated heroin since they are also connected to the deaths.

The Fort Police earlier arrested a three-wheeler driver who drove the rugby players to purchase the drugs.

Two of the team of 22 British Rugby players arrived in Sri Lanka on 10th May to participate in a friendly Rugby tournament suddenly died after developing breathing difficulties.

The two players, 26-year-old Tom Betty and 25-year-old Thomas Howard have developed breathing difficulties after they visited a night club in Kollupitiya on 12th May. Thomas Howard died shortly after they were admitted to a private hospital in Colombo on the 13th while Betty died on the 15th.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court has ruled that the deaths were caused by the use of contaminated heroin.

The case will be heard again on August 24.

 

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