Kumar Gunaratnam further remanded
November 18, 2015 11:10 am
Frontline Socialists Party (FSP) political committee member Premakumar Gunaratnam, who was arrested for visa violations, has been further remanded till November 27 by the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court.
He was arrested on November 04 by Kegalle Police in the Aguruwella area.
Popularly known as Kumar Gunaratnam, the former JVP politburo member had arrived in Sri Lanka from Australia on January 01, just days before the Presidential Election.
Gunaratnam, who holds Australian citizenship, had arrived in the island on a 30-day tourist visa which expired on January 31 while the Department of Immigration and Emigration had sought his arrest for visa violations. A spokesman for the immigration department’s media unit said that Gunaratnam would be deported to Australia after he is fined for over staying his visa.
He was summoned twice by the Department of Immigration to record statements about his involvement in local politics.
His arrest and deportation was stayed by the Supreme Court after a petition filed by the FSP was taken up for hearing, however the petition was dismissed by the court on February 18. Gunaratnam, along with several other JVP dissidents, formed the Frontline Socialists Party in April, 2012.
In the same month, Gunaratnam who held a passport in the name of Noel Mudalige was fined for overstaying in the country and deported.