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* Assault charges against Sri Lanka opposition legislator withdrawn
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 01:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) legislator Dr. Harsha de Silva announced that the complaint against him over assault had been withdrawn by the plaintiff.

He said the plaintiff had to withdraw the complaint since his conscience appealed him and there was an attempt to sling mud on his image based on this incident.

A driver of a medical doctor lodged a complaint at Narahenpita Police Sunday against the UNP MP charging that the MP assaulted him over a land dispute in Longden Place in Colombo.

The plaintiff said that the MP hit him as he was cleaning a garden adjacent to a property of the MP in Colombo.

The alleged victim had admitted himself to the hospital after lodging the complaint.

MP de Silva however denied the driver's account of hitting him but admitted that there was an exchange of words.

He said in a statement that despite considerable pressure the conscience of the accuser could not be bought and the truth had finally prevailed.

The legislator said the whole incident was a "calculated attempt" to discredit him.

"This incident only strengthens my resolve to fight for the economic and political rights of the people. I assure all Sri Lankans that I will continue to do battle with this corrupt and immoral regime while adhering to the principles of non-violence, honesty and intellectual integrity," the MP said.

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