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Monday, 06 March 2017 - 13:44
MP Wimal Weerawansa re-remanded
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NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansa who is currently in remand custody in connection with the misuse of government vehicles was further remanded today until March 20th.

He has been accused of leasing 40 vehicles for the then State Engineering Corporation and allocating them to relatives and other allies causing a loss of 90 million rupees to the government coffers.

Weerawansa made a statement today before Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna for over one and half hours without the assistance of an attorney.

He requested the Court to take action against the FCID for detaining him over 54 days in remand, against the provisions of the Public Property Act.

At the same time, he stated that 11 vehicles out of the 40 were released to the then chairman of the State Engineering Corporation and current MP Ashu Marasinghe.

He further said that the police accused him for those 11 vehicles and has not named Ashu Marasinghe as a suspect.

Weerawansa further said that another 4 vehicles had been given to the then deputy minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Having taken note of his statement, the Magistrate stated that the decision regarding granting him bail will be announced on the 20th of March.

Meanwhile, the case against the former Secretary to the former President Lalith Weeratunga and chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Anusha Pelpita was taken up for hearing today.

The duo has been accused of misappropriating 600 million rupees belonging to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for the “Sil” clothes distribution campaign during the last presidential election.

High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga permitted the Attorney General to transfer three counts of the charge sheet from Public Property Act to Penal Code.

However, the suspects declared their innocence for the charges under the revised charge sheet as well.

Meanwhile, former SLTB Chairman Shashi Welgama who was in remand for the misappropriation of 125 million rupees when purchasing spare parts was granted bail after being in remand custody for 75 days.

Colombo High Court Judge A.A R. Heiyantuduwa released the suspect on a 200 thousand rupee cash bail and two surety bails of 5 million rupees each.

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