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* Update: Sri Lanka MP Wimal Weerawansa remanded until Jan 24 over misuse of state property
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 09:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 10, Colombo: United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, who was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of police this morning was remanded when he was produced in court.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered to remand MP Weerawansa until the 24th of this month.

The FCID arrested Weerawansa today when he arrived at the unit to give a statement in connection with his alleged involvement in misusing government vehicles.

Wimal Weerawansa is accused of causing a loss of more than 91 million rupees to the Government by deploying 45 vehicles obtained on a rental basis for the State Engineering Corporation for political and private activities during his tenure as Housing and Engineering Services Minister of the previous UPFA government of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

An Internal Audit report has revealed that vehicles of the Engineering Corporation had been misused during the period 2011 to 2014.

Investigations commenced following a complaint made by a former Chairman of the Engineering Corporation, state run Independent Television Network reported.

It is reported that Wimal Weerawansa had given the vehicles concerned to five of his close relatives and for 10 individuals who were engaged in political activities of his party National Freedom Front. The other vehicles had been issued to officials of his office. The Police have accused that they had used these vehicles obtaining fuel relief granted by the Government.

Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne also ordered the former Deputy General Manager of the State Engineering Corporation be remanded.

Refusing the bail request for the suspects who were apprehended under the Public Property Act, the Magistrate noted that it has been found that more people were involved in the crime and ordered the Police to enforce the law against them.

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