Wimal granted bail under exceptional circumstances

2017-04-07 10:39:53

National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa was released on bail by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today on exceptional circumstances.

He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 with two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.  The Magistrate also imposed a travel ban on Mr. Weerawansa.

Considering the unpredictable time period that the suspect could be in remand custody, the possible delay of the inquiry and the health condition of the suspect's daughter, the Magistrate decided to grant him bail. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  Comments - 52

  • Tom Friday, 7 April 2017 11:05

    Time for the rest of the inmates in prisons to appeal for bail considering the children's plight. MP's children should teach there fathers not to squander public money. Paw ana poor child.

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    AIA Friday, 7 April 2017 11:07

    This is ridiculous. Can this apply to many more prisoners also in similar situations. What has actually happened to our judiciary ??

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    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 7 April 2017 13:11

    Even under Yahapalanaya the Judiciary takes instructions from the Politicians.

    Reply : 5       50

    prathee Friday, 7 April 2017 18:06

    Threaths to judiciary system..

    Reply : 1       13

    lkboy Friday, 7 April 2017 11:10

    what about the health condition of the daughters of other suspects?

    Reply : 2       79

    kukula Friday, 7 April 2017 11:11

    In the future all state robbers will be granted bail under the same special circumstances in the future HURREY.

    Reply : 2       68

    nimal Friday, 7 April 2017 19:58

    state and bank robbers are still at large and touring the world at our tax payer's expense. Don't you see that

    Reply : 1       5

    ananda Friday, 7 April 2017 11:20

    This is Sri Lankas judicial system. Shame on giving into sathiyagrahas. via DM Android App

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    ANTON Friday, 7 April 2017 11:21


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    De Silva Friday, 7 April 2017 11:23

    What a joke

    Reply : 2       54

    Bala Friday, 7 April 2017 13:42

    Not a joke but a farce enacted by a fast followed by absolute stupidity.

    Reply : 1       18

    Fools paradise Friday, 7 April 2017 11:23


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    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 7 April 2017 11:24

    At last. How long will he last.

    Reply : 2       31

    Nostradamus Friday, 7 April 2017 11:26

    To bail him out is a mistake by judge or Government WW succeded finally. All crooks are happy now. via DM Android App

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    ananda Friday, 7 April 2017 11:31

    You can see Wimal running like Husain Bolt from hospital. Does this court decision apply to all remand prisoners via DM Android App

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    Apoi Deviyane Friday, 7 April 2017 11:39

    This decision confirms that the Judiciary is not independent. .Sad .Others in remand also have children and Avurudu to celebrate.A black mark to the rulers

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    sanju Friday, 7 April 2017 11:41

    Excellent work Mr Lanka. The precedent has been set for many bail applications from the common man in remand. More power to the people, the common people, who also have children traumatised by the plight of their parents.

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    Ganesh Friday, 7 April 2017 11:41

    According to some media reports ,the PM is said to have instructed the authorities concerned to expedite his documentation and not to oppose any possible bail.

    Reply : 1       26

    daily boru Friday, 7 April 2017 11:41

    Adanne one kiri anne!Vive la justice sri lankais!

    Reply : 0       15

    rushdy Friday, 7 April 2017 11:45

    shame on judiciary system

    Reply : 1       36

    Roman Friday, 7 April 2017 11:50

    Naduth hamuduruwange, baduth hamuduruwange!

    Reply : 0       28

    BV Friday, 7 April 2017 11:57

    I wish I was born I Saudi where law is law no matter what your status is.

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    LAW Friday, 7 April 2017 12:01


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    Mandy Friday, 7 April 2017 13:49

    No No. It is everything in Sri Lanka sunk so LOW and into DISORDER.Pathetic.

    Reply : 1       13

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 7 April 2017 12:10

    This avurudhu bail is also for sale.

    Reply : 1       20

    Ranjan Friday, 7 April 2017 12:15

    Is it worth keeping a person when looking at the bail conditions. This is revenge. we know how Hirunika got bail. especial treatment.

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    Sofia Friday, 7 April 2017 18:03

    Hirunika for different offence, not misusing public property like WW. Hirunika was bailable under normal law while WW was under exceptional circumstances that only the Judge knew about.

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    CITIZEN Friday, 7 April 2017 12:16

    JUSTICE ALA EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES! Do our laws have provisions for leniency under exceptional circumstances???? Now, where is his sickness and that of his daughter's depression? I think the depression has disappeared into the Bay of Bengal! It looks some people can fool all the people all the time!! AB will be turning in his grave!!!

    Reply : 1       15

    kuma Friday, 7 April 2017 12:17

    what a shame .... thuk .. nodakin... via DM Android App

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    Sofia Friday, 7 April 2017 13:53

    Not nodakin - more lke the MODAKINGS of Law.

    Reply : 1       14

    kaboos Friday, 7 April 2017 12:17

    did government succumbed to the pressure of WW Nevertheless WW you have won the battle.

    Reply : 0       14

    Nick Friday, 7 April 2017 12:22

    silly man if he didnt fast he could have been out long ago but this man was playing a old drama but no longer getting cooked via DM Android App

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    Citizen Perera Friday, 7 April 2017 12:28

    I do not know whether to laugh or cry.....

    Reply : 1       14

    mithra Friday, 7 April 2017 12:29

    This proved his hunger strike was a success. That has triggered to win judge's sympathy. When appeals after appeals were forwarded followed by hunger strike we predicted that this strategy was going to work 100%positive for WW. As layman I do not understand 2 things.The real legal point why the given verdict was changed within few days by the same judge. The other is, how come the bad health situation of the daughter that was there 3 weeks ago was considered as a valid reason for now.

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    Manithan Friday, 7 April 2017 12:36

    UNFAIR, INJUSTICEfor years Tamil political prisoners are languishing in jailordinary citizens loose confidence in the legal system of our Mother Land

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    alex Friday, 7 April 2017 12:42

    Wimal has become a great hero for all the criminals and wrong doers in remand or those are to be remanded by opening a sluice gate.

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    DillonDP Friday, 7 April 2017 12:45

    Ohh wow... so if i do a crime and go to jail i will ask all my kids to fast,,, and i will join the fast, hence this would make me a free man

    Reply : 1       20

    Joseph Friday, 7 April 2017 13:33

    Well all these days I thought that law is equal to all. Today i learned that there is exception to the law.

    Reply : 1       13

    Daham Friday, 7 April 2017 13:39

    The PM has instructed the AG not to contest the bail application which helped the judge to make this decision..

    Reply : 0       17

    ravin Friday, 7 April 2017 13:45

    Has the law and order gone to dogs?

    Reply : 1       14

    suresh Friday, 7 April 2017 13:53

    this story can be used for Maliban Ad

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    MR.BEAN Friday, 7 April 2017 13:54


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    Katie Friday, 7 April 2017 14:04

    I will not vote for anybody in the next elections. All are in the same band wagon.

    Reply : 2       15

    Sunitha Friday, 7 April 2017 14:10

    This guy should be stripped off his title. How can he still serve the public? There is no justice. The justice system has become as a laughing stock. Shame on them.

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    rew Friday, 7 April 2017 17:02

    Shame, not the justice system, but the politicians of all sides, particularly those elected as PM's and Presidents from 2005 right up to today.

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    Ghaffa Friday, 7 April 2017 16:57

    hello all prison intimate, tell your Family members to fast to death, so you can get released.

    Reply : 0       8

    K Perera Friday, 7 April 2017 16:57

    Inferiority of Sri Lankan judiciary clearly shown to the whole world.

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    Juatica USA.... Friday, 7 April 2017 17:03

    Interesting when u write a comment critical of RW it doesnt get published. via DM Android App

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    Lankan Friday, 7 April 2017 17:18

    What a joke?

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    Sambo Friday, 7 April 2017 18:03

    What a bloody country this has become. Who is this person who has powers to give bail under exceptional powers. One law for the politicians and another for the helpless public. Why were we born in this sinful country to see these happenings? OH! GOD

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    B S Perera Friday, 7 April 2017 18:10

    When WW was warded at the NH, in a media picture I noticed this daughter going to see him with her mother. Was she not well really?

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    ranmala Friday, 7 April 2017 21:45

    We never expected this. These miscreants should never be given any leniency law should take its own course.

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