Lalith Weeratunga's travel ban lifted

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A Court of Appeal Bench comprising Justices P.Padman Surasena (President/CA and Shiran Gooneratne yesterday allowed former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga to travel overseas between March 20 and April 30.

This order was made pursuant to the submission by the Senior State Counsel that the Attorney General had no objection to Mr. Weeratunga's overseas travel ban being lifted.

The Court directed the Court of Appeal Registrar to convey the order to the Colombo High Court Judge so that he could release Mr. Weeratunga's passport.

In the revision application he had sought the Court of Appeal to set aside the Colombo High Court decision to reject his request to go abroad. Mr. Weeratunga and another officer of the TRC were found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to TRC to distribut

sil redi in support of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidential election campaign.

Mr. Weeratunga had sought Colombo High Court permission to travel to Doha, Qatar and Australia in between the said dates.

High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga rejected the application observing that there was no legal basis to consider it on the basis that he had been convicted of an offence. (S.S.Selvanayagam)

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  • De Silva Saturday, 03 March 2018 12:36 PM

    This is Sri Lanka Special. hereaftre all convicted prisnors such as wele suda and them will be able to go abroad on holidays.

    ANTON Saturday, 03 March 2018 12:51 PM

    THEN WHY THE HELL THEY IMPOSED THIS DAMN BAN

    Kom Saturday, 03 March 2018 12:57 PM

    Daisy Aachi also leaving abroad. Miracle of Asia. Jayaweva

    raj Saturday, 03 March 2018 01:15 PM

    Convicted....... Bailed........ Flying .......wonder of ASIA

    ahamed Saturday, 03 March 2018 02:15 PM

    day by day MR faction getting very positive and clearance?

    Yeti Sunday, 04 March 2018 06:46 AM

    Results of the LG polls-courts running scared!!!

    Arthur Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:39 PM

    The Law now seems to respect persons. Even convicted

    Ceylon Saturday, 03 March 2018 04:21 PM

    Mahinda rule is to steal money.Sirisena rule is to protect thieves and their stolen money.look at how the stolen money changing hands and its results.bail out,6 month long foriegn holidays,prison hospitalisation.is it not fair ti say srilankan popukation pay these robers like fools?.

    Anton Mcdonald Saturday, 03 March 2018 08:55 PM

    Culprits under MRs regime would be overjoyed when PM has been appointed as Minister for Law and order.They can escape scotfree. Lucky devils

    Haramanis Saturday, 03 March 2018 09:44 PM

    Lalith Weeratunga is a straight honest civil servant who served the State at the time. He is a victim of political vendetta by the "yaha ??" palana Govt who are trying (still) to harass the key persons of the previous regime. The answer of the vast majority of Sri Lanka public to this continuing vendetta was shown in the recently concluded polls

    JARAMANIS Sunday, 04 March 2018 06:19 PM

    You must learn what HONEST means . How come this civil servant become MR s servant and made Billions .? .

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 04 March 2018 12:25 PM

    Everyone is equal before the law, but in this country some are more equal than others. Someone who steals 2 coconuts sits in remand with no chance to get bail and others who looted the state coffers of millions of rupees are traveling freely around the world.

    Loku aiya Sunday, 04 March 2018 03:52 PM

    This is the only country in the world where convicted criminals can travel abroad. Thanks to corrupt judiciary

    Dhammika Sunday, 04 March 2018 08:36 PM

    Now there is a LUXURY prison with swimming pool , Gym and the works too .

    Martin Milton Sunday, 04 March 2018 05:25 PM

    This truly honest man was indeed caught as 'the cat's paw' in this entire dismal episode. I hope he has learned a good lesson now to stand up for what is deemed ethical, honest and correct instead of following orders blindly. A very good lesson for others too. MM

    VJ Monday, 05 March 2018 09:49 AM

    If this man was truly honest, he would not be working for MR.

    Dhammika Sunday, 04 March 2018 06:16 PM

    So the money in Doha has to be transfered to Australia where the family is ?

    sas Monday, 05 March 2018 09:14 AM

    Has this man been issued visas by those two countries? Usually the Australian Government does not issue visa to convicted criminals.He carried out all dirty works of MR the so called patriot .


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