Wimal Weerawansa MP granted bail under exceptional circumstance
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa was granted bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today, a short while ago.
Weerawansa was taken to the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court by ambulance this morning from the Colombo National Hospital.
He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 with two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.
The Magistrate also imposed a travel ban on Mr. Weerawansa and was also ordered to hand over his passport to the court as he has been barred from leaving the country.
Considering the unpredictable time period that the suspect could be in remand custody, the possible delay of the inquiry and the health condition of the suspect's daughter, the Magistrate decided to grant him bail under exceptional circumstances.
Subsequently, Wimal Weerawansa has made a miraculous recovery and was discharged from the National Hospital less than four hours after being granted bail this morning.
The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court had previously rejected a bail application filed by the UPFA MP, who was arrested on January 10 and has been in remand prison ever since.
Weerawansa had resorted to staging a 9-day hunger strike while in prison over the rejection of his bail applications, as a result of this he had also been hospitalized and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital from the Prison Hospital on March 29.
A Counsel appearing on behalf of Weerawansa had earlier filed the application seeking bail for his client on April 03.
A request was also made to grant bail for Weerawansa considering the medical condition of his daughter who was undergoing treatment at a state hospital.
The Counsel pointed out the child had been hospitalized due to depression caused following the arrest of her father. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader also commenced a hunger strike while in custody and later decided to end it. He was admitted to the Prison Hospital on March 26 due to his deteriorating health condition. Later he was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital.
A revision application filed by the MP was rejected by the Colombo High Court on March 21. The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) arrested Weerawansa after he arrived to give a statement pertaining to allegations of misusing state vehicles on January 10.
He has been accused of misusing several vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat Office, 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.
- Asian Tribune -