Muthuhettigama released on bail
December 29, 2014 02:47 pm
Deputy Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who was arrested on arrival at the Katunayake Airport yesterday on arrival from Singapore, has been released on bail by the Baddegama Magistrate’s Court.
He was ordered released on two personal bails of Rs 500,000 each by Magistrate Chandima Edirimanna, who also issued an order preventing the politician from entering any police station within the Baddegama judicial area.
Muthuhettigama, who left for Singapore despite a court issued warrant for his arrest, was taken into custody by police officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake and later produced before the Negombo Magistrate. He was remanded till December 30 by the Negombo Magistrate’s Court.
On Wednesday (24), the Baddegama Magistrate’s Court had issued a warrant for Muthuhettigama’s arrest of in connection with the recent torching of an election stage of Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Wanduramba.
In addition to the arson attack, he has also been accused for damaging two shops in Udappuwa and for attempting to forcefully release two suspects in police custody.
However, on Friday (26) the deputy minister left the country for Singapore. Despite the warrant issued for his arrest, Muthuhettigama had reportedly boarded a flight at around 12.40am by traveling through the VIP terminal at the Katunayake Airport.