Eight protesters including Damitha Abeyratne released on bail (Video)

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 - 11:33

A protest march jointly organized by mass organizations was held in Colombo today.

The march, which started from Viharamahadevi Park, reached Colombo Independence Square, where they also presented a public statement.

Simultaneously, protests were organized in several parts of the island.

Also, the members of Parliament of the Samagi Janabalawegaya also engaged in a protest near the Parliament entrance today.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Ceylon Employees Union also protested in front of Colombo Fort railway station today.

Meanwhile, the court ordered the release of eight suspects, including popular actress Damita Abeyratne, who appeared before the court under several charges including obstructing the duties of police officers.

This was when they were presented before Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage.

Accordingly, eight persons including Father Sathivel, Damita Abeyratne, Rathindu Senarathna, Jagath Manuwarna and Joseph Stalin were released on bail.

The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today (09), that he has strong objections with regard to the Fundamental Rights  petition filed by Rev Jeewantha Peiris.

Rev. Jeewantha Peiris, an activist of the ‘Aragalaya’ protest movement, had filed an FR petition with the Supreme Court seeking an order to prevent his arrest.

The petition was called before three-member Supreme Court bench.

The Senior State Counsel appearing for the Attorney General, stated before the court that the submission to seek relief without following the proper judicial procedure cannot be approved.

The Senior State Counsel also mentioned that the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court had issued a restraining order barring entry to York Street and also pointed out that Fort Police had informed this to the petitioner on May 27.

The Senior State Counsel stated that the police have reported the facts before Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court against the petitioner on the charges of being a member of an unlawful assembly, contempt of court, obstructing the duties of a public employee, criminal assault and causing injuries to public employees, adding that the petitioner had acted in violation of the court order.

In addition, the Senior State Counsel stated that the other suspects concerning the incident have already been arrested and released on bail through the court, and that the petitioner has not appeared before the court for the notifications made by the police.

However, the lawyer who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, Rev. Jeewantha Peiris informed the court that his client has not received any notification to appear before the court.

After taking into consideration the facts presented by both parties, the Supreme Court ordered them to submit any limited objections, if any, in relation to the case.

Further, the court also ordered the petition to be called on September 01.

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