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* Hambantota Protest: 31 Joint Opposition protesters granted bail
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 01:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to 31 people including joint opposition parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera and Western Provincial councilor Upali Kodikara, who were remanded in connection with the last month's protest in Hambantota.

Hambantota Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne today (13) ordered to release the suspects on two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.

The case against the 31 suspects will be taken up again on 12 March.

The Hambantota Police on October 6 arrested 28 protesters including six women for defying a court order and damaging public property during a protest led by the Joint Opposition.

The Police on October 10 arrested MPs Namal Rajapaksa, D V Chanaka, and Prasanna Ranaweera, former Western Provincial Councilor Upali Kodikara and former Major Ajith Prasanna on charges of violating court orders, violent behavior, damaging public property, assaulting police officers and interfering with police duties during the joint opposition led protest on October 6th.

The Joint Opposition organized the protest against the government's initiative to hand over the operations of Hambantota Port to China and the alleged sale of idling Mattala airport to India.

The court released MP Namal Rajapaksa and five others on October 16.


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