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CID arrests MP Rishad Bathiudeen in Dehiwala

Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen has been arrested by officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department in Dehiwala this morning.

MP Bathiudeen was arrested from an apartment complex down Ebenezer place in Dehiwala.

Acting Police Media Spokesman Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana said six police teams were deployed to arrest MP Bathiudeen.

DIG Ajith Rohana said following preliminary inquiries, MP Rishad Bathiudeen will be produced before court.

The Attorney General last week ordered Police to arrest MP Bathiudeen on charges of criminal misappropriation of public funds and violation of election laws over the transportation of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka Transport Board owned buses during the 2019 Presidential Election.

The Attorney General instructed Police to obtain a warrant to arrest MP Bathiudeen and two others. However, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court ordered that Police can arrest the group without a warrant.

Accordingly, the Attorney General advised Police to proceed with the arrests. An accountant among the group was arrested in Kirulapone, was remanded until the 26th of October.

However, during the past six days police had not been able to arrest the former Minister. The CID is conducting further investigation.

Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen had also filed a writ petition before the Court of Appeal requesting an order to prevent his arrest.

The petition will be considered before the Court of Appeal tomorrow.

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