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Assault on peaceful protestors: Police ordered to arrest Johnston, 21 others

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Law & Order

The Attorney General (AG) has issued written instructions to the Inspector General of Police(IGP) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest 22 persons including former Minister Johnston Fernando in connection with the assault on peaceful protestors opposite Temple Trees and Galle Face on May 9 and produce them before Court.

These directives have been issued to the IGP and the DIG after the extracts related to the investigations carried out by the Police were examined by the Attorney General’s Department officials.

The IGP has also been instructed to arrest the Senior DIG in charge of Colombo Deshabandu Tennakoon in connection with the assault on the peaceful protestors.

Parliamentarians Santh Nishantha, Sanjeewa Edirimanna, Milan Jayathilake, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Self Employees Federation President Mahinda Kahadagama and social activist Dan Priyasath are also among the suspects.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 01:12











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