Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage, on Friday (1) released on bail social activist and YouTuber Rathindu Senaratne, aka ‘Ratta,’ the national organiser of ‘Youth for Change’ Lahiru Weerasekara and Ven. Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Thera, who were remanded on charges of causing damages to public property and unlawful assembly, during protests staged in Colombo on 9 and 10 June.
They were enlarged on surety bail of Rs 500,000 each.
They had been arrested by the Fort Police, for having been engaged in chaotic scenes during protests held in the Fort and Thalangama areas, on the said dates. They were then produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court and subsequently, remanded till Friday (1).
On 17 June, Fort Magistrate Gamage, ordered the Police to arrest several protesters over their unruly and violent behaviour, during demonstrations at Colombo Fort and Thalangama on the 9th and 10th of June and to produce them before the Court. Later, “Ratta”, Lahiru Weerasekara and actor Jagath Manuwarna, who were wanted over the said incidents, had surrendered to Maradana Police on 22 June. They were accordingly placed under arrest and remanded along with four others, namely Jehan Appuhamy, Dhammika Munasinghe, Eranga Gunasekara and Ven. Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Thera.
Several charges including criminal coercion, obstruction of duties of Police officers, unlawful assembly, causing injuries and causing damages to public property were levelled against them.
On 22 June, four of them – Manuwarna, Appuhamy, Munasinghe and Gunasekara – were released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, while the remaining three activists, ‘Ratta’, Lahiru Weerasekara and Jinarathana Thera were remanded further.
By Hansi Nanayakkara