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Government says ‘sorry’ for nun’s arrest

[BBC, Friday, 9 December 2011 08:28 No Comment]

photo1 Sri Lanka Government says it apologises for the raid of Missionaries of Charity Convent in Moratuwa and the arrest of its superior nun.

"This is a serious and very sensitive issue. The apology by the cabinet minister responsible for the subject is a clear indication of the government’s stand on this matter" Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told media on Thursday.

Police raided the convent last week and arrested Sister Mary Eliza, superior nun of the Missionaries of Charity convent on suspicion of her involvement in child-trafficking.

"If there had been any failings in handling this case, the government will take steps to rectify them" Minister Rambukwella said.

Apology welcomed

Spokesman for the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Colombo, Father Benedict Joseph told BBC Sandeshaya that he welcomed the government’s apology.

"We expected further than an apology and present details in a manner that helps the nuns to be freed from their predicament" he added.

Last week, the Achbishop of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith announced the boycott of all government functions during the festive season in protest against the arrest of the nun.

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