The arrest on Social Activist Shehan Malaka was made on the instructions of the Attorney General, said the Office of the Police Media Spokesman.
In a statement, the Office of the Police Media Spokesman noted that a lengthy investigation was carried out on a comment Malaka had made during a briefing on August 17, 2021, after which the documentation relevant to the investigation was handed over to the Attorney General.
Upon review, the Attorney General concluded that Malaka can be prosecuted on the charge of committing an offense under Section 120 of the Penal Code and instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on January 24, 2022 to arrest him and produce him before Court, it added.
The Civil Activist who was arrested and produced before Court was granted bail with strict conditions. Malaka is now allowed to leave the country without obtaining a Court approval.