President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passes away | Daily News

President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passes away

President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 74. He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo for a prolonged illness at the time of his death.

Warnakulasuriya was a famous senior criminal lawyer, especially recognised for taking up many notable cases at the Magistrate’s Court of Colombo.

He had served as the Bar Association Secretary as well as the Legal Aid Commission Chairman for 10 years. He was thereafter appointed the Bar Association’s Deputy President.

Appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2016, Warnakulasuriya had a short stint at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission as well.

He had also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy during the same year he was appointed the President’s Counsel.

His funeral will be held at the Borella Cemetery on Saturday (14) at 5.30 pm. His body now lies at his residence: No. 47, Norris Canal Road, Colombo 10.


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