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Wimal Weerawansa arrested

Wimal Weerawansa arrested

January 10, 2017  12:02 pm

- By Yusuf Ariff

Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Wimal Weerawansa has been arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).

The UPFA Parliamentarian was arrested after he arrived at the FCID this morning to give a statement pertaining to allegations of misusing state vehicles.  

Weerawansa has been accused of misusing several vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat, during his tenure as the Minister of Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities under the previous government. 

He was summoned by the FCID on several previous occasions to record statements regarding the aforementioned complaint.    

Weerawansa is expected to be produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court later today (10).

Speaking to reporters after arriving at the FCID, the former minister claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the country yesterday after giving instructions to arrest several opposition politicians including him. 

Several representatives of the Joint Opposition (JO) including MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Dullas Alahapperuma and Bandula Gunawardena were also present outside the FCID premises. 

UPDATE: A tense situation had prevailed outside the FCID building as a group of supporters protested the arrest of MP Weerawansa. 

 

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