Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilising Buddhist women

Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilising Buddhist women

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilised over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country long dogged by communal bloodshed.

Shegu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi, who has denied the allegations, was given bail of 2.75 million rupees ($15,600), defence lawyer Faris Saly told Reuters after a five-hour hearing in Kurunagala magistrates court in northwestern Sri Lanka.

"He was arrested (in May) under a bailable offence and the judge found no reason to refuse bail today," Saly said.

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