Dhaniz Ali transferred to Welikada


Dhaniz Ali, who was in Magazine Prison remand custody, was transferred to Welikada Prison yesterday to serve a 14-day prison term after he pleaded guilty for possessing a forbidden item while in remand prison.

Ali who was remanded by the Fort Magistrate’s Court on charges of forcibly entering the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) premises and disrupting the airing of programmes on 13 July was caught by prison officers while using a mobile phone which he had kept hidden in his possession.

He was taken to the Prison Tribunal yesterday for possessing a forbidden item on prison.

Prison Spokesperson Chandana Ekanayake said the suspect pleaded guilty to the charges when he was presented before the Colombo Additional District Judge and was ordered to be sent to Welikada Prison to be in jail for14 days. This is in addition to the previous order by the Fort Magistrate for the suspect to be remanded.

Ali is a 31-year-old resident of Webada, Kurunegala. He was apprehended last week on board a flight at Bandaranaike International Airport bound for Dubai.

Ali has been charged with interfering with broadcasting operations, causing property damage, and assaulting Security Forces officials.

By Thameenah Razeek