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* Sri Lankan government Minister apologizes to the court over contempt charges
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 12:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen today expressed his regret and apologized to the court over the contempt of court charges.

The Minister apologized to the Court of Appeals and the members of the judiciary regarding the contempt of court charges and expressed regret for the pain he caused to the Mannar Magistrate.

Minister Bathiyutheen was accused of intimidating the Mannar Magistrate A. Judeson on July 18 2012 over a court ruling against a group of just resettled Muslim fishermen in the Mannar district of the northwestern region.

The Appeal Court in late July 2012 issued an order to show cause in response to a contempt of court case filed by a group of lawyers over the Minister's alleged attempt to thwart the course of justice by intimidating a Magistrate and trying to revoke the magistrate's ruling.

The Minister had pleaded not guilty to the contempt charges.

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