Jun 19, 2021

Man accused of posting false info. on social media, bailed

Galle Magistrate has ordered to release on bail a person who has been arrested by the CID alleging that the suspect had posted false information on social media over the X-Press Pearl ship incident, in an attempt to topple the government.
The suspect - Sumudu Waidyaratne - a 28-year old person from Akmeemana was released on bail by the Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kakunawela.
While producing the suspect before the courts, the CID has told the courts that the suspect has mentioned in his facebook page that the government has deliberately brought the X-Press to the Sri Lanan waters and then sank it.
However, CID officials have admitted that the suspect has not posted any information relevant to national security.
Lawyers appearing for the suspect told the courts that the suspect has only mentioned about the continuous inefficiency of the government in respect of the  fire on board the X-Press Pearl and also the COVID-19 preventive measures.
The case was postponed to July 29.
Source - Lankadeepa