Colombo Telegraph

Arrest Warrants Out For Mangala And 10 Others

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera will surrender himself to court soon, after the Matara Magistrate Court issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the October 5 intra-party clashes in the Southern city, Colombo Telegraph learns.

The order came after police informed court that enough evidence existed to make the arrest.

Court also ordered the arrest of 10 others in connection with the violence.

Mangala Samaraweera is an ardent supporter of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and led his supporters against the anti-Ranil Marchers in Matara last weekend.

Both sides took to violence during the clashes, but so far the bulk of those arrested are members of the Samaraweera faction.

Samaraweera, is a former Foreign Minister and Campaign Manager of the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidential campaign in 2005.

He defected from the UPFA in 2007 and set up the SLFP Mahajana Wing after which he formally joined the UNP.

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