Former Minister of Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa, who was remanded on charges of misusing several vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was released on bail by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna today (7th).
After the FCID arrested him for misusing the vehicles Weerawansa began a ‘hunger strike’ in the prison demanding he should be given bail. However, he gave up the ‘fast’, was admitted to prison hospital and from there he was transferred to National Hospital.
Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardene had had discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wsickremesinghe seeking to get Weerawansa released and as a result Mr. Wickremesinghe had informed legal sections to make arrangements to get Weerawansa released on bail. On an earlier occasion too Prime Minister Wickremesinghe intervened to get Weerawansa released when he was arrested for using two passports to leave the country.
Weerawansa, who had misused several vehicles belonging to the government and thereby causing losses to the tune of Rs. 41 million to the government was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 with two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. The Magistrate also imposed a travel ban on Mr. Weerawansa. Earlier on 21st March a revision application filed by the MP was rejected by the Colombo High Court.