AG’s instructions on Mudalige on 12 December

  • Ranil ridicules IUSF Convenor for not completing degree despite eight years of university

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Attorney General (AG) President’s Counsel (PC) Sanjay Rajaratnam’s instructions with regard to granting bail to Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convenor Wasantha Mudalige, who was being detained under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act (PTA) and later placed in remand custody, are to be issued on 12 December.

When Inter-University Bhikkhus’ Federation (IUBF) Convenor Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera, who was also being detained under the PTA, and later remanded, was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, a Senior Deputy Solicitor General from the AG’s Department had informed Colombo Additional Magistrate T.N.L. Mahawatte that the AG’s instructions with regard to granting bail to Mudalige will be issued on 12 December.

Meanwhile, President Ranil Wickremesinghe commented in Parliament yesterday (24) about the time spent by Mudalige at university, saying: “I do not know about other matters, but no university student has been arrested over this ‘aragalaya’. Only Mudalige was arrested for this. He has been in university for eight or nine years now. What does this mean? I left university at the age of 21 years. He is 31 years old, but still in university. In fact, only one extra year can be given to complete degrees. After that, students should leave the university. That’s all there is to do,” he said.

The IUSF had organised a massive protest in Colombo on 18 August against President Wickremesinghe and the Government. A total of 16 university students who were arrested during that protest were released on bail after being produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on 19 August, while Mudalige, Siridhamma Thera, and IUSF member Hashan Jeewantha were placed under detention. The latter was subsequently granted bail. 

On 17 November, Mudalige and Siridhamma Thera – who were being detained on 90-day detention orders under the PTA – were remanded by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court until the AG’s instructions are received. As the relevant detention orders were set to expire on 18 November, they were produced before Additional Magistrate Mahawatte on that day. The monk was subsequently enlarged on conditional bail but re-remanded over another case.