Sampath Athukorala remanded over obscene FB post

Sampath Athukorala remanded over obscene FB post

October 1, 2015   01:21 pm

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today ordered Southern Provincial Council member Sampath Athukorala to be remanded till October 05, for allegedly uploading obscene posts on President Maithripala Sirisena on the internet. 

Athukorala, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Council, was arrested by the CID on charges of uploading a obscene image of the President to a social networking website. 

Producing the Provincial Councillor before the court today, the CID stated that the accused had uploaded the obscene image to Facebook during the Presidential Election when Maithripala Sirisena was the Common Candidate of the Opposition. 

The CID has stated that the suspect’s mobile phone has been sent to the University of Colombo and that an investigation has been launched. 

The CID also requested that the defendant be remanded as investigations would be hindered if he is released on bail. 

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya accepted the request and remanded Sampath Athukorala till October 05 and allowed for a statement to be recorded from the latter within the prison.  

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