Sri Lanka Opposition legislator jailed for contempt of court

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An Opposition parliamentarian in Sri Lanka was on Tuesday sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment for making derogatory comments against the judiciary in 2017.

Ranjan Ramanayake, a legislator with the main opposition alliance, Samagi Jana Balawegaya, was indicted in 2018 when he was a state minister in the previous government.

A 3-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday convicted him for the contempt of court.

Speaking to the media after a discussion with then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees in 2017, Ramanayake said that the majority of judges and lawyers in the country were corrupt.

Ramanayake, an actor-turned-politician, is a vocal anti-corruption crusader.

PTI News

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