Johnston, Dan Priyasad enlarged on bail

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Colombo Fort Magistrate, Thilina Gamage, yesterday ordered former Minister and MP Johnston Fernando who has been named as the 28th suspect in the 9 May mayhem case, to be enlarged on fresh bail of two sureties in Rs 10 million each.

He also ordered IGP C.D. Wickremaratne to take action against an ASP of the CID, on charges of failing to arrest the real suspects and then making submissions to Court in a biased and partial manner, during the mayhem witnessed in the country on 9 May.

The ASP of the CID, has been charged with nabbing a passerby carrying a water bottle on the said date, whilst he had failed to apprehend the real culprits, behind the chaos and then producing partial submissions to Court.

Magistrate Gamage in his remarks stated that the law should be enforced equally to all and sundry, sans fear of favour and sternly advised officers serving at the CID, not to tarnish its image.

The Court also ordered the suspect, to submit his Grama Niladhari and income certificates at the next hearing and ordered him to appear before the CID, on the last Sunday of the month between 9am to 12pm.

The Court also ordered the suspect to provide a statement to the CID at 9am on 24 June, as per a request by the prosecution.

Fort Magistrate Gamage, then ordered the sixth suspect named in the trial Dan Priyasad, to also be enlarged on bail of sureties of Rs 10 million each and he too was instructed to appear before the CID, on the last Sunday of the month between 9am to 12pm.

Court then ordered to temporarily lift the overseas travel ban imposed on former Minister C. B. Ratnayake, till 30 August, though his passport had been ordered to be impounded by Court, despite him not being named a suspect in the case.

Accordingly, the Court granted a fortnight’s time to the CID, to expedite its probe into the case and the submission of reports and fixed further hearing of the trial to 6 July.

By Hansi Nanayakkara