Six including ‘white van’ press suspects remanded over cash robbery

Six including ‘white van’ press suspects remanded over cash robbery

February 28, 2020   05:36 pm


Six suspects arrested over a cash robbery of Rs 4.4 million, including the two individuals involved in the controversial ‘white van’ press conference, have been remanded until March 11.

The suspects were ordered remanded after being produced before the Gampaha Magistrate today (28).

Ten suspects were initially arrested over a robbery of cash amounting to Rs. 4.4 million, which had taken place on February 02 in the Gampaha area.

However, only six of them were charged before the court.

Police had also taken into custody a T-56 assault rifle and several other weapons found in the possession of the arrested suspects.  

The police said the suspects included the two individuals who were involved in the controversial “white van” media conference conducted by former Minister Rajitha Senaratne last year.

The individuals in question had previously been arrested over the controversial media conference held in the run up to the presidential election, in which they had made certain allegation pertaining to “white van” abductions.

The two suspects, Anthony Douglas Fernando and Athula Sanjeewa, had been released on bail on January 06. 

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