Man who organised ‘unlawful assembly’ given bail
By Hansi Nanayakkara and Sandeep Tissaaratchy
Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya yesterday released on bail a suspect, who was charged with obstructing the Police officers on duty at the Borella Junction during the recent visit by the Chinese Defence Minister.
The Magistrate, before releasing the suspect on surety bail of Rs 50,000, also sternly warned him on his conduct and asserted that although he lived in Australia and obtained degrees from there, while residing in Sri Lanka he has no alternative, but to adhere to the laws and regulations of this country.
The suspect was identified as 31-year-old W. Gavin Madhawa Wijeratne, a resident of Perera Garden, Pelawatta, Battaramulla.
Borella Police told the Court that the suspect had been an old boy of Ananda College, Colombo and that he had returned to the country after being away in Australia for a decade.
They further stated that inquiries conducted into the incident had revealed the suspect, on the day of the arrival of the Chinese Defence Minister, had tooted the horn of his vehicle at around 11 p.m. near the Borella Kanatte roundabout and after videoing it he had released it to social media platforms.
Borella Police, prosecuting, said they had arrested the suspect in Narahenpita.
The suspect was produced in Court on Friday and he sought forgiveness from the Additional Magistrate over his conduct.
Accordingly the Court ordered the suspect to be released on bail after warning him on his future conduct.
The suspect was taken into custody on 29 April and produced before the Colombo Magistrate the following day, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
The special motorcade was organised by the Police to ensure that the Chinese Defence Minister would be able to travel safely once he departed from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake. The motorcade set off from the BIA in Katunayake and when passing through the Borella Junction the individual in question had obstructed Police Officers on duty.
A video of the suspect criticising the Police and stirring the assembly was circulated on facebook.
The Borella Police had used the footage to track down the instigator.
DIG Rohana said, vehicular movement was restricted on that particular night in order to tighten security for the arrival of the General.
He went on to say that General Wei Fenghe is a foreign diplomat belonging to one of the world’s super power nations, which means that Sri Lanka as a State must ensure that maximum security was provided to him during his stay in the country.