Shashi Weerawansa granted bail

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe, yesterday (31), enlarged former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa on bail, until the conclusion of her appeal hearing.

Weerawansa, who was found guilty of producing falsified documents to obtain a diplomatic passport and sentenced to two years imprisonment, was released on bail in Rs 50,000 cash and two sureties of five million rupees each.

Later, the Court impounded her passport and instructed her to be present before the CID, once in two months, as part of the bail conditions imposed on her.

The Court gave these orders, in response to a bail application filed by the suspect, who challenged her conviction by the Court over the aforesaid offence on 27 May.

As a result, the suspect was produced before the Court by Prisons Department officers. Former Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala convicted the former Minister’s wife over the said offence and sentenced her to two years RI. She was also imposed a fine of Rs. 100,000.

Ragala announced the verdict of the trial, as he had presided over the case in his previous capacity as the Colombo Chief Magistrate.

The CID had begun a probe into the case based on a complaint lodged by Chaminda Perera, a resident of Battaramulla, on 23 January seven years ago.

The CID had filed charges against Shashi Weerawansa 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