Colombo Magistrate orders arrest of four monks

by A.J.A.Abeynayake

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered that four Buddhist monks, National Organiser of Sihala Ravaya Ven Magalkande Sudatta, Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Ven Ittepane Saddhatissa Thera and Ven Medille Pagnnaloka Thera be arrested for failing to appear in court despite being charged with causing damage to public property.

Ven Ahungalle Jinananda Thera who surrendered to court yesterday was warned and ordered to appear before court September 7.

The Magistrate reprimanded the Colombo Fort Police for failure to arrest the four suspects and warned them that the four suspects be arrested and produced before court on the next date. Filure to produce them by the police would cause her to issue a special order for their arrest, shew said.

The suspects have been charged with causing damage to police fire extinguishing vehicles during a protest organised by the Disabled War Heroes Association in Colombo and unlawful assembly.

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