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Rajitha Senaratne re-arrested in White Van press conference case

ECONOMYNEXT – Former Minister Rajitha Senaratne was arrested today after the Colombo High Court yesterday revoked a bail order given by a Magistrate in December.

Senaratne was arrested in late December for staging a press conference a week before the Presidential elections where he produced a person who claimed he drove one of the dreaded White Vans that carried out abductions during the Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Secretary to the Ministry of Defense.

The former MP was released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne.

In her order, Jayaratne observed that according to the Criminal Procedure Code, the charges against Senaratne were bailable offences.

The Attorney General subsequently challenged her order and it was revoked by the High Court leading to Senaratne’s re-arrest. (Colombo May 13, 2020)