Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and four sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.
Attanayake was in remand custody on charges of publishing a letter with forged signatures of the then common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the then opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the 2015 presidential election campaign.
Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena fixed the case to be tried consecutively from March 20.
A travel ban was also imposed on the suspect.
He had been indicted on three counts under the Penal Code, the International Political and Civil Rights Convention and the Presidential Election Act. (Shehan Chamika Silva)
Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 05 December 2016 12:14 PM
Wrong decision to send him on bail.
Bubble Banda Monday, 05 December 2016 12:16 PM
When he will be arrested again? Tell us to purchase the crackers on time.
Desmond Jeromme Monday, 05 December 2016 12:17 PM
For forging another one's signature, they must cut the fingers or the hand. That punishment should have been given to him straight away.
German Jacob Monday, 05 December 2016 12:19 PM
Wait and see, he will go straight away to Mahinda his boss at Carlton to plan for something to topple the Govt.
Vernon Monday, 05 December 2016 12:43 PM
If it was bailable, why wasn't it done in the first place? Doesn't this mean that there is something basically wrong in our legal system? Can someone please explain this? I am not trying to safeguard Mr. Attanayake. If he had done wrong he should be punished as per the law. If it is bailable, bail should be allowed on the first day itself, if not it should never be allowed, until the case is closed.
DillonDP Monday, 05 December 2016 02:42 PM
well Thiss is a clown ..i like his silly smile
email@example.com Monday, 05 December 2016 03:41 PM
Given that Patali Champika wasn't even summoned for the same crime committed in the same time period, its a clear case of double standards.
Labby Monday, 05 December 2016 03:45 PM
So much was spoken of corruption under the previous administration. It's two years since a change of administration and nothing has been proved still. Disgusting !!
Jey Monday, 05 December 2016 04:40 PM
Completely agree with vernon via DM Android App
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