Prasanna files appeal against decision

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Minister of Housing and Urban Development Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday (7), filed an appeal against the Colombo High Court decision imposing two years Rigorous Imprisonment, suspended for five years on him over the Meethotamulla land dispute case.

Ranatunga was accused of threatening a businessman and demanding Rs. 64 million, to evict unauthorised occupants of a land in the Meethotamulla area in Kolonnawa and to refill the land, during his tenure as the WP Chief Minister.

The appeal application was handed over to the Registrar of the Colombo High Court by Attorney-at-Law Mary Dickman on behalf of Ranatunga requesting for it to be referred to the Court of Appeal.

Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Thillakaratne on 6 Tuesday sentenced Ranatunga to two years Rigorous Imprisonment, suspended for five years, in regard to the said case.

Meanwhile, the Minister was also imposed a fine of Rs. 25 Million by the HC Judge, who also ordered that failure to pay the fine, will carry an additional nine months imprisonment.

In addition, Judge Thillakaratne, further ordered Ranatunga to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 million to the complainant, businessman Gerard Mendis, and declared that if he fails to pay the compensation, he will be sentenced to an additional three months incarceration. (FT)