Minister Prasanna Ranatunga sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment

By Hansi Nanayakkara

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The Colombo High Court has imposed a two-year rigorous imprisonment sentence on Minister Prasanna Ranatunga over the extortion case filed against him.

Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tilakaratne announced the verdict today (6).

Ranatunga has also been suspended for five years and asked to pay Rs. 1 million in compensation

The case was filed against the Minister, his wife and another individual for the alleged extortion of Rs. 64 million from a businessman between 6 April 2015 and 2 June 2015.

The third accused, Naresh Kumar Fareek, has reportedly fled the country. Therefore, the Court has decided to proceed with the case in his absence.