Court determines that FCID is a legally established institution

Court determines that FCID is a legally established institution

Court determines that FCID is a legally established institution

Written by Keshala Dias

25 Oct, 2016 | 6:26 am

Court determined on Monday that the FCID or Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division, is a legally established institution. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne concluded on Monday, October 24, the FCID was established by the Inspector General of Police via a gazette notification in line with the Police Ordinance.

The Magistrate made this determination, rejecting the submissions made by attorneys representing MP Jayantha Samaraweera, in a case filed against him by the FCID. The attorneys had submitted that the FCID is not legally empowered to arrest suspects and produce them in court.

While the court disregarded this argument, MP Jayantha Samaraweera was released on bail, with the condition that he cannot travel overseas.

The bail application filed by Sarath Weerawansa, who is also accused of misusing state vehicles, was rejected on Monday, October 24.

Sarath Weerawansa has been returned to remand custody until November 7.

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