After being found guilty of one of the charges in a case filed for threatening a businessman, Sri Lankan Minister Prasanna Ranatunga was sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment suspended for five years.
The Colombo High Court also fined the Minister Rs. 25 million and ordered him to pay Rs. 1 million in compensation.
If the Minister fails to pay the Rs. 25 million fine, the sentence will be extended by 9 months.
If the Minister fails to pay the Rs. 1 million compensation, the sentence will be extended by three months.
The Minister’s wife and another person charged in the case were acquitted and cleared of all charges by a Colombo High Court Judge.
They were accused of threatening G. Mendis and demanding Rs. 64 million to evict unauthorized occupants of a land in Kolonnawa’s Meethotamulla area and refill the land. The case was filed on 15 separate counts by the Attorney General.