Eight persons, including an ex-Provincial Councillor, have been indicted before the High Court of Colombo with attempting to sell a baby to a foreign couple.
They were alleged to have sold a new-born baby to Jan Hulsebosch and Susan Hulsebosch, a couple from the Netherlands, at Beruwala.
The first accused, Kaluperuma Rathnasiri Silva, a former Provincial Council Member of the SLFP is said to have acted as the main broker between the mother of the baby and the foreigners. The mother is a 20-year-old woman who had been deserted by her husband and had been working in a rest-house known as Shan Village Hotel in Payagala where she delivered the child. Samantha Indrajith Wijesinghe, the rest-house owner had also been arrested by the police when the mother was arrested at the rest-house.
It was alleged that the foreign coupled had arrived in Sri Lanka in July 2007 and visited the mother and the child. They had videoed the baby and agreed to pay Rs.650,000 for it. The brokers had promised to pay 100,000 rupees to the mother but she has received only Rs. 60,000. The brokers had shared the rest of the money paid by the foreign couple. A forged birth certificate has been prepared containing the names of the foreign couple as the parents of the baby. The document stated that Susan Hulshbosch had delivered the baby at the General Hospital, Kalutara.
The Registrar of Births for Kalutara Dr. W. T. P. Ariyarathna, who is alleged to have prepared the forged document, had also been arrested by the National Child Protection Authority. However, the foreign couple had told the police that the brokers told them that they would follow the proper legal adoption procedure. The name they had given to the child was Milan Hulsebosch.
The case against the eight accused will be taken up before High Court Judge Deepali Wijesundera.