Magistrate orders cash be produced in Court

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday (28) ordered a sum of nearly Rs 20 million, which is said to have been discovered from the President’s House on 9 July and then handed over to Fort Police, by a group of protesters, to be submitted to Court forthwith.

The Chief Magistrate gave this order to OIC of Fort Police, Chief Inspector Sagara Liyanage.

The Court gave the order in response to submissions made by President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne.

He told Magistrate Gamage, that since the protesters had handed over the aforesaid amount of cash, which they had discovered from the President’s House, to date Fort Police, has failed to produce any submissions even via a filing of report to Court.

These details were revealed in Court, when the case related to the arrest and remand of four protesters by Fort Police, on charges of forcibly entering President’s House, Temple Trees and unlawful assembly on 9 July, was taken up for hearing.

Fort Police said that the probe conducted into the case, had revealed that the suspects had been involved in the discovery of the cash from the President’s House. The Court, ordered the four suspects to be enlarged on surety bail of Rs 500,000 each, having considered submissions produced.

The Fort Police OIC was also instructed to submit the said amount of cash at the next hearing.

By Hansi Nanayakkara