A strong Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist and leader of National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has been arrested by the Financial Crimes police Tuesday morning on charges of misusing a fleet of state vehicles during the deposed regime.
He has been under the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) probe for the past few months for misusing 40 state vehicles when he was the Minister of Housing, Construction and Engineering Services under the Rajapaksa regime.
The government has reportedly incurred 41 million rupees as result.
He was arrested Tuesday morning when he turned up at the FCID office. He was later produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Court Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, who ordered him to be remanded till January 24.
According to the B report of the FCID, at least two Sinhala journalists and head of Sinhala extremist Buddhist monk outfit, Ravana Balaya Saddathissa Thero among those who were given state vehicles by Weerawansa’s Ministry.
Dozens of Weerawansa supporters gathered opposite the FCID office at the time of his arrested should anti-government slogans.
Weerawansa accuses the government of political witch-hunt against members of the former regime.
Weerawansa’s NFF has formed a grand coalition with the parties that support deposed Rajapaksa, aiming to defeat the unity government at future elections.