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Johnston changing residences, arrest warrant issued

MP Milan released, Sanath, Samanlal and Dan remanded

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday issued warrant for the arrest of former Minister Johnston Fernando in connection to the attacks in Colpetty and Galle Face.

The Magistrate made this order pursuant to a request made by the Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena.

When the matter was taken up, Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigation Department stated that two teams of CID officers were deployed to arrest Johnston Fernando.

She also pointed out that suspect Johnston Fernando is currently avoiding his residential addresses.

She also stated that the former Minister and MP Johnston Fernando has recently filed a writ petition seeking an injunction preventing his arrest by the police.

ASG Ayesha Jinasena had earlier stated that former Minister Johnston Fernando had delivered a speech in a manner inciting people to attack the protesters in front of Temple Trees.

The CID had earlier produced a Compact Disc containing the speech which is alleged to have been made by Johnston Fernando at Temple Trees on May 9.

The Disc has been handed over to Government Analyst’s Department for analysis”, she added. She stated that 709 statements were recorded pertaining to the aforesaid incidents. She added that few people including the former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have not yet been handed over their passports to Court.

The Additional Solicitor General requested the Magistrate to issue an order directing four high ranked police officials including a SDIG and three SSPs’ to handover their personal and official mobile phones to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.

Meanwhile, another thirteen suspects including MP Milan Jayathilake,who were arrested and remanded over the unrest on May 9, opposite Temple Trees and at Galle Face, were released on bail.

They were released on two sureties of Rs.1 million each. The Magistrate also imposed an overseas travel ban on them.

Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Dan Priyasad and another group were further ordered to be remanded till June 15.


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