CID arrests seven more

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Seven individuals including Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando and Dan Priyasad were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (18), in connection with the attack on peaceful protesters by SLPP supporters. They will be produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today (19).

Seethawakapura Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Jayantha Rohana and Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Manjula Prasanna were among the arrestees. Priyasad was arrested after he arrived at the CID to give statements. SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake were also arrested by the CID on Tuesday (17).

The Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the IGP and CID Director to arrest 22 individuals, including SLPP MPs Johnston Fernando and Sanath Nishantha and produce them in Court as soon as possible, in connection with the attack by SLPP supporters on peaceful protesters, if there is reasonable suspicion for doing so.

SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanjeeva Ediramanna, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Mahinda Kahandagama, Dan Priyasad and Western Province SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon were also among those named in the letter.

BY Faadhila Thassim