January 10, 2017 03:54 pm
Former minister Wimal Weerawansa, who was arrested on charges of misusing state vehicles, has been remanded till January 24 after being produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.
Former Deputy General Manager (Human Resources and Administration) of the State Engineering Corporation, Samantha Lokuhennadige, was also remanded till until the same date by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.
The court informed the defendants that their bail applications will be taken up for consideration on that date.
The National Freedom Front (NFF) leader was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) this morning after he arrived 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, and thereby causing losses to the tune of Rs 41 million to the government.
A tense situation had prevailed outside the FCID building as a group of supporters protested the arrest of MP Weerawansa.
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