Frenchman ordered out of Sri Lanka

4th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

COLOMBO, Aug 4 (AFP) - A Frenchman was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for 10 years and ordered to leave Sri Lanka after he pleaded guilty to sexually harassing airline crew, court officials said Wednesday.

COLOMBO, Aug 4 (AFP) - A Frenchman was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for 10 years and ordered to leave Sri Lanka after he pleaded guilty to sexually harassing airline crew, court officials said Wednesday.

The man identified as Tongio Yves Fernand, 48, was told by the Colombo High Court on Tuesday that he should leave the island within two weeks and not return for at least two years.

His two-year jail term was suspended for 10 years.

Fernand, who had been free on bail, pleaded guilty to five counts, including harassing three air hostesses and a steward, aboard a Sri Lankan airlines flight from Zurich to Colombo in June last year.

The man was also fined USD 400 but the airline did not insist on compensation for damages, officials said, adding the national carrier wanted the punishment to be a deterrent.

© AFP

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