Six suspects further remanded

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday (7) further remanded, till 21 September, six suspects, who were charged with torching the private residence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 9 July.

The Court later enlarged on bail, in two sureties each of Rs 500,000 each, the first, second, and third suspects who were in remand in this connection.

The suspects were identified as Nalaka Perera, Sandun Kumara, and Melon Liyanage, who are residents of Ja-Ela, Mount Lavinia, and Galle.

Magistrate Gamage said he ordered that the suspects be granted bail, having considered that they had been remanded for months and based on submissions made to him by their lawyers.

The suspect, who faced an identification parade after being remanded on charges of stealing bottles of foreign liquor from the President’s private residence, was identified by a witness.

Following this, the suspect and six others were ordered to be further remanded till the aforesaid date by the Court, on a request made by the CID.

They said their continued incarceration would facilitate the ongoing probe.

Among the suspects ordered to be further remanded is a suspect who had stolen a stock of foreign liquor from the President’s House in Fort and later posted photos of the bottles on various social media platforms.

By Hansi Nanayakkara