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Sri Lanka detains British tourist over sensitive Buddha tattoo

Published on Apr 22, 2014 10:15 AM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police said Tuesday.

The unidentified woman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement.

The statement said she had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm.

"She was taken before the Negombo magistrate who ordered her to be detained prior to deportation," it said, adding that she was arrested shortly after her arrival on a flight from neighbouring India.

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