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* MP Ranjan Ramanayake remanded until Jan 29
Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 09:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division Tuesday, until the 29th January.

Former state minister and United National Party parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division on a warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate court yesterday on charges of violating the constitution by interfering in the affairs of the judiciary.

Nugegoda Magistrate Wasantha Kumara remanded the parliamentarian until the 29th of this month when he was produced before the Nugegoda Magistrate Court today.

The court also ordered to produce the MP before the Government Analyst on the 23rd for a voice examination.

The UNP parliamentarian was first arrested by the Western Province Southern Criminal Investigation Division on 4th January for allegedly possessing a firearm with an expired license.

He was arrested following a search of his residence conducted on a warrant issued by the Gangodawila Magistrate's Court. During the search, the police discovered the illegal firearm and a haul of tapes, CDs and hard disks containing telephone conversations with a number of people including judges and government officials.

The Additional Magistrate of the Gangodawila Magistrate's Court, Nugegoda HUK Pelpola released MP Ramanayake on two personal bail of Rs. 500,000, when he was produced in the court on the 5th January. The magistrate also imposed a travel ban on the parliamentarian.


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