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On June 6, a court hearing was held for two men accused of assaulting and attempting to rape four female pastoral workers from the Assembly of God Church in Kotadeniyawa. The two are also charged with damaging the church premises. Though the lady pastor faced particularly tough questioning in the hearing, she was able to maintain her composure and not be intimidated. The next hearing is scheduled for September.

The two men on trial were among thirty who attacked the women in September 2003. The four victims were falsely accused of being prostitutes and were later charged with breach of peace.