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Johnston petitions CA against him being arrested

Former Minister Johnston Fernando named as a suspect in the attack on protesters at Galle Face Green on May 9 has filed a Writ application in the Court of Appeal (CA) seeking an Interim Order preventing him from being arrested.

The petition seeks a declaration that the CID’s preparation to arrest him as a suspect is illegal.

The IGP, the Director of the CID and others were named as the respondents in the petition.

The petition states that he was charged in connection with the May 9 riots in Kollupitiya near Temple Trees and in Galle Face Green.

The case is being heard in the Fort Magistrate’s Court and the CID has named him as a suspect in the case on the instructions of the Attorney General. The petition also states that facts have been reported to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court in this regard.

He also states that it is against the law for the CID to name him as such a suspect. Therefore, he seeks from Court to issue a writ order preventing his arrest.

The petition is due to be heard in the Court of Appeal today (9).

 


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