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UK nurse with Buddha tattoo on arm leaves Sri Lanka after jail ordeal

Published on Apr 24, 2014 7:29 PM
 
An unidentified British tourist poses for a photograph to display a tattoo of the Buddha on her upper arm, after she was arrested at the country's main international airport and later ordered with deportation for having a tattoo of the Buddha, in Colombo on April 22, 2014. A British nurse jailed in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo left the country Thursday after suffering what she says was sexual and other harassment by prison officers. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - A British nurse jailed in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo left the country Thursday after suffering what she says was sexual and other harassment by prison officers.

Naomi Coleman said she was exhausted but relieved to be heading home after she was arrested at the main international airport on Monday and sent to a jail and a deportation centre.

The 37-year-old had been planning a holiday on the majority Buddhist island when she was detained over the tattoo on her upper right arm which Sri Lankan authorities found offensive.

"I have been treated very badly. I am exhausted," Ms Coleman told AFP as she waited to board a Sri Lankan Airlines flight to London. "I just want to go home," said Coleman, a mental health nurse from Coventry.

 
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