Namal, 7 others out on bail

Namal, 7 others out on bail

UPFA Hambantota Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, and seven others, who were remanded in connection with the recent protest in Hambantota, were yesterday (16) released on bail by Hambantota Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne.

The other seven released included Parliamentarian D.V. Chanaka and Provincial Councillor Sampath Atukorala.

They were all on surety bail in Rs 500,000 each.

Meanwhile, MP Prasanna Ranaweera, PC members Upali Kodikara, Ajith Prasanna and 29 others were ordered to be re- remanded till 30 October.

Attorney Chaminda Sooriyapatabendi, who appeared on behalf of the 13th, 18th, 19th and 32nd suspects said they were released on special circumstances after consideration by the Hambantota Magistrate.

He said suspects Namal Rajapaksa, DV Chanaka and Sampath Athukorala had been released in order for them to attend a youth convention to be held in Russia shortly.

Namal Rajapaksa, DV Chanaka, Prasanna Ranaweera, PC members Upali Kodikara, Sampath Atukorala and Ajith Prasanna were arrested on 10 October on charges of unlawful assembly, causing damage to public property, injuring Police officers, obstructing their duty and violating a Court Order.

Twenty-eight protesters were arrested and remanded following the tense situation during the Joint Opposition-organised protest opposite the Indian Consulate in Hambantota on 6 October.

Police had used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the those engaged in the protest, against the agreement to handover operations of the Hambantota port and Mattala airport to two foreign companies.

(Ceylon Today)

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