24 October, 2020

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Herman To Get Bail On Monday; Charges Against Him Changed To Self Defense

Author and presidential associate Herman Guneratne who was recently transferred to the Matara Prison hospital last week has had the charge against him reduced to the use of minimal force in self defence and is expected to be given bail when he is produced before the Matara magistrate on Monday or the Matara High Court later this week, The Colombo Telegraph learns.

Herman

Guneratne who is the father of former UNP member and southern provincial councillor Maithri Guneratne was arrested on October 5 for firing a weapon into a crowd during the UNP factional clashes in the Matara town.

The original charges against him was the wielding of an unlicensed firearm in the middle of a populated area. The weapon in his possession was also recorded as a 9mm automatic pistol that is prohibited. Guneratne was charged with critically wounding several bystanders including a soldier. At least four people were injured from gunshots fired from Guneratne’s weapon.

However at the Magistrate’s court on Monday the police will redefine the charge to the bona fide use of minimal force in self defense, it is learnt.

His weapon description will also be changed to a .38 revolver, sources said. As such the magistrate is likely to grant bail although under the original charges only the Matara HighCourt could have granted bail.

He was transferred to the MerchantWard of the National Hospital Colombo soon after he was remanded on October 7.

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    Hahahahah….Thank God , he didn’t rape another man’s wife on that occasion….but the license to do any damn thing under the patronage of MaRa….is a kind of an open visa to all these goons. Wonder of Asia !!?

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    Only in the land of Banana republic a mad man like him get bail for shooting at a crowd. How can it be self defence when the bastard shot at the crowd?

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    Imagine what would have happened to a normal person done this? Would he get bail? He got bail cos he was a close ally of the Jarawapaksa family.

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    This reinforces the general opinion of most people that Rajapaksa has created a lawless land for the criminals.
    Can the decent law abiding people live a safe and peaceful life in Sri Lanka anymore?
    The sooner this vile regime is removed the better!

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    Its time all of us should carry weapons in our person and use it for self defense. Sri Lanka is becoming another wild west or is it wild south east!

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    Can Prabaharan’s supporters argue that he acted on self-defense?

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    This man and his son are despicable bastards may they both rot in hell. These are the tools used to whip the UNP into submission by Alibaba.

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