Oct 20, Colombo: Seven Chinese nationals who were arrested by the Wanathawilluwa police for allegedly working illegally at the Aruwakkalu Sanitary Landfill in Puttalam without a valid visa were released on bail when they were produced before the court. Saturday (19).
Puttalam Acting Magistrate Abdul Cader ordered the police to release the Chinese nationals on a personal surety of Rs.100,000 each.
The seven Chinese nationals who were working at the Aruwakkalu landfill were arrested on Friday by the officers attached to the Wanathavilluwa Community Police Division when they were returning from work on charges of working without any valid visa
The Wanathawilluwa B report on the arrested Chinese men revealed that the Chinese had no documents to prove their legal identity and were working in the facility on a tourist visa.
Attorney-at-Law, I.M. Hismi appearing on behalf of the Chinese nationals told the court that the group had arrived in Sri Lanka on tourist visas and had been granted permission by the Immigration and Emigration Controller to stay in Sri Lanka until November 10. They were arrested by the police while they were visiting the Aruwakkalu landfill, the lawyer told the court.
The lawyer further stated that his clients have not done anything wrong and they have also been given a letter from the China Harbor Institute to visit and study the Aruwakkalu Sanitary landfill.
However, after considering all the facts, Acting Magistrate Abdul Kader ordered to release the seven suspects on a personal bail of Rs. 100,000 each and submit their passports to the court through the police. The suspects were ordered to appear in the Puttalam Court on October 22.