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Former UNP General Secretary and former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake was today remanded til February 11, by the Colombo Fort Acting Magistrate Jayantha Dias Nanayakkara on charges of producing fraudulent documents.


The CID informed Court said an analytical report obtained from the Examiner of Questioned Documents (EQD) and the evidence recorded from several witnesses had revealed that the document displayed by Mr. Attanayake was forged.


The CID said the suspect had committed a punishable offence under Sections 454 and 459 of the Penal Code by forging a document and displaying it to the public as genuine.


It said the suspect had also committed an offence under Section 80-C of the Presidential Election Act for displaying a fake document prior to an election, for the purpose of affecting the result of that election, in relation to the personal character or conduct of any candidate.


Meanwhile, Counsel Vikum Basnayake with Deemani Beddewela and Buddhika Induragalle appearing for the suspect told Court that his client had found this document inside a file at the Health Ministry after he assumed duties as the newly appointed Health Minister on December 18.


Counsel said that since his client had been directly involved in the discussions which were held between the UNP and other political parties including the TNA and his client firmly believed that the agreement he found at the Ministry was genuine and as such he displayed it to the media.


Meanwhile, the CID told Court the investigation into the incident was continuing and that the witnesses could be interfered with if the suspect was released on bail.  


Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said Mr. Attanayake was arrested by the CID yesterday morning from his residence in Bauddhaloka Mawatha and taken to the CID office where a statement was recorded.


Mr. Attanayake publicly announced on December 22 last year that there was a secret agreement between the then Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.


He claimed that he found a secret document where Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe had agreed on 15 points related to a proposed coalition with their signatures and that this could have an adverse effect on the peop;e.


Mr. Wickremesinghe said the document was false and complained to the CID on December 24 and a special inquiry was initiated as a result.


The CID recorded statements from 11 people including Mr. Sirisena, Mr. Wickremesinghe and Mr. Attanayake and sent the investigation reports to the Attorney General.


The AG has directed the detectives to take legal action against Mr. Attanayake as he had allegedly violated Section 459 of the Penal Code by using fraudulent documents to discredit the presidential candidate. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda and Sanath Desmond)


Video by Sanath Desmond

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  • lsk Tuesday, 03 February 2015 06:33 AM

    Judas betrayed, Peter denied

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:32 PM

    After that 7 years in jail as third class criminal.

    Thomas Monday, 02 February 2015 06:34 PM

    Brutus

    Maya Monday, 02 February 2015 06:46 PM

    He is laughing because his pocket was full

    Mili Tuesday, 03 February 2015 01:47 PM

    Mamai Raja. why he is holding hands like that lol. via DM Android App

    Herath Monday, 02 February 2015 04:52 PM

    Very good if he had done a fraud.

    AMMI Tuesday, 03 February 2015 03:55 PM

    We knew this is going to happen, but not this soon. You deserve this, and guess many more will be following you. Damn good for the cut throats.

    Amith Monday, 02 February 2015 07:18 PM

    The greed pays off...

    sri Monday, 02 February 2015 05:19 PM

    what a shame to whole of Sri Lanka !

    Cobra Monday, 02 February 2015 07:20 PM

    Just imagine if this sort of fraud was allowed to continue as the Minister of Health!!!

    Jamis Banda Monday, 02 February 2015 05:24 PM

    As per the photo above, he appears to find it humorous. What a disgraceful human being!

    Veda-mama Monday, 02 February 2015 05:24 PM

    Nikan ill-lagana kanawa kiyannae, maewata thamai.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 02 February 2015 05:27 PM

    Forging the signature of RW is a worst crime. This criminal would have gone for more games in this manner in the past. He should be investigated further and put behind bars.

    Euclid Monday, 02 February 2015 07:28 PM

    Why no Black Maria.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 02 February 2015 05:29 PM

    What a lot of damage you have created for UNP Tissa? You spite the plate you ate, you deserve punishment for sure.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 02 February 2015 05:29 PM

    What a lot of damage you have created for UNP Tissa? You spite the plate you ate, you deserve punishment for sure.

    Waz Monday, 02 February 2015 07:32 PM

    State guest for 10 days?

    Vijith Pieterz Monday, 02 February 2015 05:31 PM

    Tissa your name will be in the Modern Political Bible, for betraying the UNP

    Heeraluwa Tuesday, 03 February 2015 04:55 PM

    Good this dirty game has to stop. They did this to Sarath Fonseka last time.

    J Palitha Monday, 02 February 2015 05:32 PM

    You are in the books - worst than Peter who betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ. No mercy should be shown on you guy. Get lost.

    J Palitha Monday, 02 February 2015 05:32 PM

    You are in the books - worst than Peter who betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ. No mercy should be shown on you guy. Get lost.

    Horri Jemonis Monday, 02 February 2015 05:36 PM

    The entire SriLanka will celeberate this occasion. Tissa, sorry putha be in the remand till 11th Feb-2015 and then go to Jail.

    christian quintus Monday, 02 February 2015 05:38 PM

    Ane. .. Poor manThe cops has invited him for a cup of coffee in the cellAnd to look after DENGUE

    Thiru Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:00 AM

    He thinks that he is a war hero. Damn criminal...!!!!

    Gajan Rajendran Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:09 PM

    He dug his own grave! Poor fellow

    J Palitha Monday, 02 February 2015 05:59 PM

    You thought UNP and its leaders are fools, now how is it? You are cleaned bowled, no mercy !!!!

    menhage Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:44 AM

    Last join first in basis... ?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 02 February 2015 06:00 PM

    Anyway, we will welcome him to Kundasale with rotten eggs

    Vijith Pieterz Monday, 02 February 2015 06:02 PM

    Not for us, only for Tissa

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 02 February 2015 06:03 PM

    Today we will celeberate Xmas

    mack Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:51 AM

    when will the rest follow via DM Android App

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 02 February 2015 09:39 PM

    Believe, had Police informed speaker before arresting, then it would have been better.

    pissa Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:05 AM

    First MP remanded.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 02 February 2015 06:06 PM

    Enjoy !!!!! Enjoy !!!!! let the whole SriLanka enjoy - Tissa is remanded till 11th February, 2015.

    Shan Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:13 AM

    More to be expected...!

    I know the law Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:20 PM

    When a "law maker" makes a criminal offense why should he be treated differently.


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