The revision application filed by the Attorney General challenging the legality of the order issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrate to release Convener of Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Wasantha Mudalige from a case filed for allegedly committing offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was today fixed for April 3 by the Colombo High Court.
Wasantha Mudalige was present before the court upon a summons issued by the Colombo High Court on a previous occasion. The revision application was fixed for April 3 since the High Court Judge was on leave today.
Through this revision application, the Attorney General is seeking an order to set aside the order dated January 31, 2023, delivered by the Colombo Chief Magistrate to release Wasantha Mudalige from PTA charges.
The Attorney General maintained that the Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to release an individual who had been arrested under the provisions of PTA. The Attorney General further said the Magistrate’s Court had released the suspect prior to the Attorney General’s advice being received.
On January 31, Wasantha Mudalige was ordered to be released from the case after spending five months in incarceration.
Wasantha Mudalige was arrested on August 18, 2022, under the PTA for 90 days under a Detention Order issued by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of Defense.


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