First protester to breach defences remanded

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday (2) ordered the suspect, who was arrested on charges of forcibly entering the Presidential Secretariat, being the first protester to do so on 9 July, to be produced before an identification parade.

The Magistrate also ordered the suspect to be remanded till 5 August. The suspect was identified as a resident of Old Road, Pannipitiya.

The Special Investigations Unit of the Slave Island Police had arrested the suspect on charges of being the first to enter the Presidential Secretariat and then coaxing the rest of the protesters to storm the premises.

The premises, which had been taken over by protesters for more than 100 days, was overrun and stormed by protesters on July 9 demanding the resignation of then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Apart from the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s House, the Temple Trees and the Prime Minister’s office were also taken over by the protesters during the demonstrations.

A special unit of Police is conducting further investigations into the incidents.

By Hansi Nanayakkara and Sahan Tennakoon