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* Fugitive ex-diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga's Fundamental Rights petition dismissed
Fri, May 11, 2018, 11:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today refused to proceed with the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by the former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga to lift the restrictions imposed on the bank accounts and to prevent his arrest.

A three- judge bench comprising justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew and Nalin Perera decided to dismiss the petition without taking it up for hearing.

The petition was filed by Latha Indrani Mannapperuma, the mother-in-law of Udayanga Weeratunga citing the OIC of Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Police Chief Inspector Nihal Francis and several others.

The petitioner said that after the police had started investigations regarding the purchase of MIG Airplanes during the previous government, the FCID has obtained a court order to freeze Weeratunga's bank accounts. In addition the FCID has also obtained a warrant to arrest the ex-diplomat. The petitioner says the FCID actions were in violation of Weeratunga's fundamental rights.

The petition claims the court orders to freeze his bank accounts and the issuing of a warrant for his arrest were obtained in an unlawful manner and that his fundamental rights had been violated through this.

Accordingly, the petition had been filed to request the apex court to issue an injunction against the court orders and order the OIC of FCID Nihal Francis to pay Rs 10 million as compensation.

When the petition was taken into consideration, the Additional Solicitor General, Yasantha Kodagoda appearing on behalf of the Attorney generalís Department, raising objections to the petition pointed out that there was no legal basis to continue the hearing of the petition.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no legal basis to continue the petition and decided to reject it without proceeding.


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