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Sarath Kumara Gunaratne remanded
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The former deputy minister of fisheries, Sarath Kumara Gunarathna who was arrested, was remanded until January 9th.

Gunarathna was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate after he was arrested by the CID this morning.

Sarath Gunarathna reported to CID this morning to give a statement with regard to misappropriating 11.2 million rupees from the allocations of the Negombo Lagoon Development Project.

Earlier, the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption also conducted an investigation against Gunarathna with regard to the same allegations.

Meanwhile, Colombo Additional magistrate Aruni Atygalle ordered today to postpone the Case against Former Transport Minister, Kumara Welgama until the 2nd of March.

Welgama has been accused of corruption by creating a redundant position as the deputy chairman of SLTB, appointing an individual of his preference to the position and paying him salary and other allowances of 3.2 million rupees.

Meanwhile, former Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya was further remanded until January 11th by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna today.

Wickramasuriya was accused of misappropriating nearly 51 million and 700 thousand rupees during a transaction on the purchase of a building for the country’s diplomatic mission.

Later, he was arrested on November 18th and remanded.

However, Prison officials informed Courts today that the suspect was not produced before Court as he is receiving treatment at the Prison hospital.

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