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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1946

Wimal Weerawansa Arrested And Remanded Till January 24

Colombo, 10 January, (Asiantribune.com):

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, was arrested by the FCID, produced in the courts and remanded till January 24 by Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today.

He was arrested on charges of misusing 40 state vehicles belonging to the state engineering corporation causing a loss of Rs. 90 million.

Former Deputy General Manager (Human Resources and Administration) of the State Engineering Corporation, Samantha Lokuhennadige, was also remanded till until the same date by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

The court informed the defendants that their bail applications will be taken up for consideration on that date.

Earlier in the day, Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Wimal Weerawansa has been arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), after he arrived at the FCID this morning to give a statement pertaining to allegations of misusing state vehicles.

Weerawansa has been accused of misusing several vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat, during his tenure as the Minister of Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities under the previous government.

He was summoned by the FCID on several previous occasions to record statements regarding the aforementioned complaint.

Speaking to reporters after arriving at the FCID, the former minister claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the country yesterday after giving instructions to arrest several opposition politicians including him.

Several representatives of the Joint Opposition (JO) including MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Dullas Alahapperuma and Bandula Gunawardena were also present outside the FCID premises.

A tense situation had prevailed outside the FCID building as a group of supporters protested the arrest of MP Weerawansa.

- Asian Tribune -

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