Sajith repeats appeal to free Ranjan on humanitarian grounds

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has repeated an appeal to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to free former MP Ranjan Ramanayake on humanitarian grounds.

Premadasa told Parliament today that he telephoned the President and repeated the appeal.

The Opposition Leader said that Ramanayake was not jailed for theft, murder or rape but over the words he used.

“He is not someone who should be in jail,” Premadasa said.

He also requested Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to intervene and secure the release of Ranjan Ramanayake.

The Supreme Court had sentenced former MP Ranjan Ramanayake to four years rigorous imprisonment over charges of contempt of court.

He was imprisoned at the Angunukeolapelessa prison since his conviction.

Ramanayake’s Parliament seat was also abolished due to his sentencing, despite objections raised by the opposition on multiple occasions in Parliament.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya member Ajith Mannapperuma replaced Ranjan Ramanayake in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. What a failure by the leader of the so called opposition Sajith Premadasa who is asking for the release of Ranjan while an old man has been wrongly arrested by the police in connection with the grenade found at the boralla church! What is he doing about this!???

    Sure Ranjan is being wrongly imprisoned too.

    Is this to distract the public from that incident!??

    • “ Based on the statement recorded thus far, it has been found that the man was in anger with the said church.

      Investigations have also found that the retired doctor was involved in the incident where a hand grenade had been found at a private hospital in Narahenpita last year.

      The man had further revealed that he had wanted to marry a Buddhist woman at the All Saints’ Church in Borella in 1974.

      Stating that the chief priest of the church had refused to provide the morning session to conduct the marriage ceremony due to it being a mixed marriage, the retired doctor said he was severely upset over the incident.”

      Who the hell comes up with elaborate stories like this to frame a vulnerable old individual!??

      Time to call in international experts to save this poor citizen of our country…

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