Former Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala on Friday (27), convicted Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, on charges of submitting forged documents to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain a diplomatic passport and sentenced her to two years Rigorous Imprisonment.
The Magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 on Weerawansa and warned that failure to pay it would result in a six-month prison term.
Magistrate Ragala added that State officials had misused political power and ordered a copy of the verdict to be sent to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
The Court gave this order whilst delivering the verdict in two cases filed against Shashi Weerawansa.
After hearing the verdict, Weerawansa, through her lawyers filed an appeal, challenging the verdict of the Magistrate’s Court.
Accordingly, Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela, fixed taking up the appeal for 30 May.
DSG Dileepa Peiris prosecuted on behalf of the AGs Department, while President’s Counsel Shavendra Fernando PC looked into the interests of Shashi Weerawansa.
When the case was taken up yesterday, Shashi was present in Court, whilst the Court announced its verdict, having perused the submissions produced by the prosecution and defence since 2015.
The CID had begun a probe into a complaint lodged by Chaminda Perera, a resident of Battaramulla, on 23 January seven years ago.
The CID had charged the suspect before the said Court, with having flouted Provisions contained in Section 45 (1) of the Immigration and Emigration Act No. 20 of 1948 as Amended by No. 16 of 1993, No. 42 of 1998 and No. 31 of 2006.
By Hansi Nanayakkara