Eight years in remand for 100 miligrams of heorine in Sri Lanka

(November 03, Colombo - Lanka Polity) A suspect charged with having 100 milligrams of heroine was in remand custody without been convicted for eight years in Sri Lanka. 

His case had been diverted to High Court instead of Magistrate Court by mistake and the poor man found no justice until his plight was observed by Wattala Magistrate during an official visit to Mahara Prison.

The man identified as L.A. Sarath Kumara was in remand since August 10, 2001, prison sources said. The Magistrate has directed the court to consult the Attorney General to acquit him. Until then the suspect was granted personal bail of Rs. 50,000.


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