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Court rejects Wimal Weerawansa’s bail application

Colombo, 04 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to be further remanded till April 7, to the motion he had filed claiming his daughter was warded and he needed to get bail, to look after her.

The Magistrate yesterday refused to release Wimal Weerawansa on bail citing that the documents pertaining to his daughter’s health condition are not sufficient enough to consider releasing the suspect on bail under exceptional circumstances.

National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa arrested for allegedly misusing 40 vehicles belonging to the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) while functioning as the Housing, Construction and Engineering Services Minister, incurring a loss of Rs. 91 million to the government and the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne said that the medical reports of his daughter were not substantial enough to consider his applications.

Earlier Wimal Weerawansa commenced a hunger strike while in custody and later decided to end it. He was admitted to the Prison Hospital on March 26 due to his deteriorating health condition. Later he was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital.

Yesterday Wimal Weerawansa was not brought to court, as he was receiving treatment at the National Hospital.

MP Wimal Weerawansa filing a motion on March 24, in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court citing his 15-year-old daughter’s mental health condition be considered as an exceptional circumstances to release him on bail.

While refusing to release the suspect on bail, the Magistrate observed that the bail application was not supported by the suspect with relevant documents to prove that his daughter was suffering from a particular illness.

“The bail application mentioned that the15-year-old daughter had been admitted to Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Borella without tendering sufficient documents pertaining to her health condition" the Court observed.

Meanwhile, defence counsel appeared on behalf of Wimal Weerawansa yesterday filed a fresh bail application requesting that he be released on bail taking into consideration the legal and facts of the case as exceptional circumstances.

Weerawansa was arrested by the FCID on January 10 under Public Property Act charges.

On January 24, the Magistrate refused to enlarge the former Minister on bail observing that the evidence presented before Court have proved that former Minister Weerawansa had intentionally given these vehicles to his close relatives and his party activists while they were not holding any position at the SEC.

The Magistrate further observed that it is apparent that the former Minister has intentionally and dishonestly misappropriated these vehicles by entrusting them to his close relatives and party activists.

On March 24, the Colombo High Court had also dismissed a revision application filed by Wimal Weerawansa challenging Fort Magistrate’s order to refuse bail.

However, the defence had denied the allegations and informed Court that the FCID is conducting a politically motivated inquiry to punish the government’s political opponents.

- Asian Tribune -

Sashi Weerawansa, wife of jailed NFF Leader Wimal and former Minister of Economic Affairs Basil Rajapaksa arriving at the Fort Magistrate Court yesterday where a fresh bail application on behalf of the NFF leader was rejected by the Magistrate.
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