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“Ranil Has Ordered For My Arrest” Wimal Weerawansa Said Just Before His Arrest

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was arrested this morning by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).

Wimal Weerawansa

Wimal Weerawansa

He was arrested on charges of misusing state vehicles during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. He was arrested after he arrived this morning at the FCID to give a statement over the allegations.

Speaking to journalists outside the FCID building this morning, prior to entering the FCID, Weerawansa claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ordered the FCID to arrest him today.
“Based on the information we have received, the FCID is preparing to put me behind bars today. Just before going abroad, Wickremesinghe has ordered for the arrest of me and several others,” he said. Weerawansa also added that these political motivated arrests were not going to stop him or the others in their fight against this government.

Weerawansa had allegedly misused state vehicles when he was the Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities. Last year, his brother, Sarath was also arrested and remanded on charges of misusing state vehicles.

mahinda-rajapaksa-wimal-weerawansa-17-7-13Wimal Weerawansa Remanded

Colombo Fort magistrate has ordered Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to be remanded till January 24th on charges that he misused 40 state vehicles. Weerawansa was arrested this morning by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).

Speaking to journalists outside the FCID building this morning, prior to entering the FCID, Weerawansa claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ordered the FCID to arrest him today.
“Based on the information we have received, the FCID is preparing to put me behind bars today. Just before going abroad, Wickremesinghe has ordered for the arrest of me and several others,” he said. Weerawansa also added that these political motivated arrests were not going to stop him or the others in their fight against this government.

Weerawansa had allegedly misused state vehicles when he was the Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities. Last year, his brother, Sarath was also arrested and remanded on charges of misusing state vehicles.

Wimal Weerawansa arrested

Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Wimal Weerawansa has been arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). The UPFA Parliamentarian was arrested after he arrived at the FCID this morning to give a statement pertaining to allegations of misusing state vehicles.  

Weerawansa has been accused of misusing several vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat, during his tenure as the Minister of Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities under the previous government.  He was summoned by the FCID on several previous occasions to record statements regarding the aforementioned complaint.    

Weerawansa is expected to be produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court later today (10). Speaking to reporters after arriving at the FCID, the former minister claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the country yesterday after giving instructions to arrest several opposition politicians including him.  Several representatives of the Joint Opposition (JO) including MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Dullas Alahapperuma and Bandula Gunawardena were also present outside the FCID premises. 

UPDATE: A tense situation had prevailed outside the FCID building as a group of supporters protested the arrest of MP Weerawansa. 

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