Udul granted bail

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A former Inter University Students Union Federation convener and Human Rights lawyer Udul Preparatne was granted bail by a Colombo Magistrate yesterday amidst strong police objections.

The suspect was produced before court by his Counsel Gunaratna Wanninayake on a motion filed by Attorney – at- Law Manjula Pathiraja and submitted to Additional Magistrate Ms. Praharsha Ranasinghe that Udul Premaratna was a lawyer who intervened in human rights violation matters. He said that on April 21 when his client came to know of an incident that took place on Baseline Road, Borella following the arrest of 33 persons of “T 20 Watta” in Borella, had gone there and intervened on behalf of the residents of the area. Subsequently the Police had filed a report in court making him a suspect in the case and had moved to notice him to appear in court.

However the Magistrate declining the request had told Borella Police they could arrest Udul Premaratne only if he had committed an offence.

Subsequently, on Tuesday (24) at around 2.30 a.m., three police teams from six Police Stations consisting of around 60 police officers had gone to Premeratne’s parent’s house as well as several other places to arrest him. Defense Counsel accused the police of attempting to take revenge on his client for appearing on behalf of the residents of “T20 watte.”

The Borella Police however, submitted that the lawyer was the main suspect in the incident that took place on April 21.  The Magistrate while releasing Udul Premaratna on Rs 5000 cash with two sureties for 100,000 each ordered Police to record his statement in the court premises. (Farook Thajudeen)  

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  • Prasannajit Thursday, 26 April 2012 04:16 AM

    What is happening in this country is shown very correctly in the Daily Mirror cartoon today. God bless this country.
    This is not ' Budunge Deshaya' anymore.

    Das Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:57 AM

    We want more magistrates like him.

    DireStraits Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:24 AM

    ... in parliament !

    DireStraits Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:49 AM

    Bravo to Additional Magistrate Ms. Praharsha Ranasinghe. I salute your courage! I know you will say you only carried out your duty. But this proves, some backbones in SL are still very straight. This is what we need more of. You give us HOPE!

    clarence Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:47 PM

    god bless srilanka, 60 police going to arrest while rapist/drug peddlers/merder suspects roam around withour any fear...............

    Sanjaya Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:16 AM

    So they did not want to send a white van this time.

    ANURA Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:26 AM

    Hey Udul, when did you become a lawyer? Did you really qualified to be a lawyer? We never knew you as a lawyer before. This is news for us .

    Black Mamba Thursday, 26 April 2012 02:00 AM

    Sri Lanka mourns: "That is the story of my life."

    Wimal_Modawansa Thursday, 26 April 2012 02:22 AM

    Poor Sri Lankans will have to pay additonal taxes to meet the salaries of 60 police officers.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 26 April 2012 02:47 AM

    The Police are dead scared of real murderers and drug dealers among the politicians. That's why they go after petty thieves and loiterers just to show they are "enforcing the law".


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