July 11, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further extended the remand of Captain Tissa Wimalasena, the driver of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha member Lal Priyantha Peiris.
Colombo Additional Magistrate Chanima Wijayabandara remanded the two suspects again till the 18th.
The two suspects were arrested on a complaint made by the Police Crimes Division, for allegedly operating an illegal quarry on a land in the Koratota area belonging to the Land Reforms Commission causing a loss of Rs. 29 million to the government.
When the case came up before the court today, the Additional Magistrate refused to grant bail on the suspects citing that there are no exceptional circumstances to release them on bail.
Meanwhile, second suspect Lal Priyantha Peiris requested the court to grant him permission to reveal the facts he knew about the incident to a court of law.
Taking into consideration the suspect's statement, the Magistrate said asked him to re-think about his decision and informed the court at the next hearing date. Also, the Magistrate asked him to inform the court if any one threatens or obstructs him.