Evidence links her to abduction:
Hirunika before Magistrate on Jan 12
UNF MP Hirunika Premachandra was arrested yesterday morning for her
alleged involvement in aiding and abetting the abduction of Amila
Priyankara. She was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrateís
court, where she was granted bail.
The Colombo Crime Division arrested the MP at her residence in
Havelock Town yesterday morning on the orders of the Attorney General,
The AG who retired on Friday had ordered her arrest on Thursday
evening after reviewing conclusive evidence of her alleged complicity in
the abduction of the 34-year-old man.
The AGís Department had taken into consideration the phone call
records, video footage of Premachandraís press briefing and the evidence
given by an 11-year-old girl, the daughter of one of her supporters who
confirmed that she had seen the MP before and after the abduction on
Premachandra initially told the media that she was merely trying to
settle a domestic dispute, where the wife of one her supporters was
having an affair with the 34-year-old man who worked at a drapery store
During the court proceedings, the MPís Counsel told Court that the
supporter had lodged a police complaint that his wife was being kept
against her wishes. However, the failure of the police to act on the
complaint had prompted the supporter to seek the MPís advice and
The MP, however, retracted that she had no knowledge of the abduction
and the perpetrators should be brought to book.
Premachandra was released on two sureties of Rs. 100,000 each by the
Additional Magistrate Mohammed Mihar. She was ordered to appear before
the Magistrateís Court on January 12.