MP Rajitha Senaratne who was remanded on the charges of organising a ‘white van’ press conference prior to the presidential election was today granted bail with two sureties of Rs.500,000 each by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
Delivering the order, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne said legal irregularities made by the prosecution were considered in granting bail to the suspect and that the charges filed against MP Senaratne were bailable offences in keeping with the Criminal Procedure Code.
“The Attorney General’s Department and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) should have filed the matter as a separate case in court. The charges have been filed considering sections 169,190,113 and 102 of the Penal Code and section 81 of the Presidential Election Act. These charges contrast with those filed by the CID against the first and second suspects of the case,” the magistrate said.
Furthermore, the magistrate cancelled the anticipatory bail application filed by the MP and ordered that he provided a statement to the CID after receiving medical treatment.
According to a statement made by Dr. Mohammed Nazeer who ministered to the MP, keeping him at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Lanka Hospital was "pointless."
Taking into account a request made by the CID, the magistrate issued a travel ban on Mohammed Rumi Mohammed who had provided Rs.2 million to the first and second suspects of the case to attend the said press conference.
However, when the CID requested the magistrate to name Mohammed Rumi as a suspect of the case and issue an arrest warrant against him, it was refused by the magistrate on the grounds that the CID had failed to file proper chargers to consider such legal measures. (Yoshitha Perera)
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Wijebahu Monday, 30 December 2019 12:58 PM
This is not an offence to put some one behind bars. If so almost all politicians should be jailed for fabricating lies on election stage. Specially those who fabricated lies against MCC and now say its 70% ok.
Nuwan Monday, 30 December 2019 01:09 PM
Dr Senaratne is the most powerful politician in South Asia if not in the world. He started his political career as a leftist activist and has the potential to finish as the president or PM. Regardless of the alleged corruption scandals, and once being convicted, he should be commended for the game he plays.
Johan Monday, 30 December 2019 02:21 PM
Can anyone go to Lanka hospital ICU and whisper In his ears about the bail ,may be he will leap and comeout
Hubert Monday, 30 December 2019 02:31 PM
What orders and who gave the orders to arrest
Nihal Monday, 30 December 2019 02:52 PM
A good example for the public if you are rich
manhantton Monday, 30 December 2019 05:50 PM
Sri Lankan majority Sinhalese people are always remain fools - Rajapakse family will never do right things to the country and it's people. Above is an example - If you are arresting someone on the ground lying/fabricating during a media briefing all politicians including big rajapaske and his family must be jailed for good.
Siva Monday, 30 December 2019 06:08 PM
Of late we do have too many storms over tea cups and interesting reading matter.
ram Monday, 30 December 2019 06:48 PM
ow. dischraged from lanka hospital.
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