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Museum suspects given bail

2013 Jul 23

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Gihan Pilapitya granted bail to the suspects in Colombo Museum robbery case.

All except the main suspect were freed on Rs. 1 Million personal bail by the Magistrate when they were produced in court today.

The Colombo National Museum was broken into in March last year and some historic items belonging to country`s last kings were stolen.

Among the items stolen were several gold-embedded swords, gold rings, gem and jewel-embedded handles of walking sticks and some other artifacts belonging to the country`s last kingdom before it became a Western colony.

The CCTV system, which was malfunctioning at the time of the theft, has been repaired and a new state-of-the-art alarm and a new CCTV system has been installed.

At the time of the theft the CCTV camera system of the museum had been removed for maintenance. After the robbery, eight employees of the museum had been suspended and a number of employees have also been transferred.

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