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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 - 13:21
Prasanna Ranatunga and his wife granted bail
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The Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage ordered to release Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga and his wife Morin Ranatunga on 50 thousand rupees personal bail.

They appeared before Court today to give a statement in connection with a complaint to the FCID where the couple had allegedly threatened a person demanding 64 million rupees for reclamation of a land at Meetotamulla in Kolonnawa.

The Chief Minister, his wife and two other persons were summoned by the FCID to give a statement in connection with this complaint on July 9th.

Later the suspects were ordered to appear before court today.

Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya requested the IGP to postpone recording a statement from Western Provincial Council chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga until July 14th.

The Election Commissioner wrote to the IGP after considering the facts based on a letter addressed to him by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha.

When the case was taken for hearing, the FCID informed Court the Chief Minister has abused the power of his position to commit corruption.

Later the Magistrate ordered the Chief Minister Ranatunga and his wife to appear before the FCID on July 20th.

The third and fourth suspects did not appear before court today; the Magistrate extended the arrest warrant on them and fixed the case to be taken for hearing again on October 7th.

At the same time, Prasanna Ranatunga filed a fundamental rights case requesting the Supreme Court to prevent the FCID from arresting him.

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