Written by Staff Writer
27 Jan, 2014 | 11:04 pm
MP Mangala Samaraweera arrived at the Panadura Magistrate’s Court on Monday accompanied by a group of lawyers. MP Samaraweera attended court, for hearings of the case pertaining to the alleged break-in and theft at his residence.
A youth from Ratmalana had been arrested in connection with this incident and was later released on bail.Representing the suspect in court on a prior occasion, President’s Counsel, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya submitted to court that the allegations levelled against his client by MP Mangala Samaraweera’s faction were false.
He also submitted an affidavit from the suspect’s wife to court.
When the case was taken up before Panadura Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatta on Monday, lawyers representing MP Mangala Samaraweera claimed that several factions have intervened in this case as part of a personal mud-slinging campaign against their client.
The Magistrate informed the lawyers that this information was irrelevant to the case and ordered them to make relevant submissions.
Representing the suspect in court on Monday, President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya said that MP Samaraweera had used his client for unconventional sexual activities and had gotten him addicted to intoxicants.
Lawyers representing MP Samaraweera argued at this point that the case in question was pertaining to a break-in and theft and not unconventional sexual activity.
President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya noted that the suspect in this case has lodged a separate complaint with the police and that the police would take action on that complaint.
The President’s Counsel also pointed out that the items his client is alleged to have stolen from the residence were in fact gifts from Mangala Samaraweera.
Warnakulasuriya also submitted to court, a mobile phone and camera that were supposedly gifted to his client by MP Mangala Samaraweera.
Meanwhile, the Police informed court on Monday that they have concluded investigations into the incident. After considering the submissions made, Panadura Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatta informed the police to file charges if their investigation is complete and postponed further hearings to February 24.
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