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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2010

Namal Rajapaksa & 4 others arrested, remanded till 16th October

Hambantota, 11 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Hambantota Electoral District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and four others were informed to appear before Hambantota Police yesterday (10 October) to record a statement and were arrested, produced before the Hambantota Magistrate’s Court and were ordered to be remanded till October 16.

Earlier, Rajapaksa and four others were informed to appear before Hambantota Police yesterday, (10th October) to record a statement.

Those arrested yesterday around 7.30 pm after their statements were recorded along with Namal Rajapaksa MP includes - D.V. Chanaka Dinushan MP, Bulathwalage Prasanna Ranaweera MP, Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara and Provincial Councillor Ajith Prasanna.

They were arrested on charges of defying a court order by staging a demonstration in Hambantota on October 6.

Earlier, the Hambantota Magistrate Court had issued a restraining order preventing protests by MP Namal Rajapaksa and D.V. Upul in the vicinity of the Hambantota Port, Indian Consulate and the roads leading to the Hambantota Port.

They have been arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, causing damage to public property, injuring police officers, obstructing their duty and violating a court order.

Twenty-eight persons were arrested and remanded following the tense situation during the Joint Opposition-organised protest opposite the Indian Consulate in Hambantota last Friday (6).

Police had used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the individuals engaged in the protest, against the agreement to handover operations of the Hambantota port and Mattala airport to two foreign companies.

The protest was organized by the Joint Opposition with the participation of several of its MPs including Namal Rajapaksa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prof. G.L. Peiris, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Sanath Nishantha.

The protest was scheduled to be held near the Mattala Airport, however the venue was changed to Indian consulate in Hambanota after police had obtained a court order preventing any protests being held near the airport or in that jurisdiction.

Five more suspects have been arrested in connection with the October 6 protest in Hambantota. Police arrested two of the suspects in Sooriyawewa while three were taken into custody in Sevanagala. The arrests were made during raids conducted on Sunday night (8) and Mondday.

With the latest arrests, the number of suspects arrested in connection with the incident has gone up to 39, police said.

- Asian Tribune –

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