Former Supreme Court Judge Sarath De Abrew who appeared in Courts today
following the issue of notices, has been released on bail. Colombo High Court Judge Preethi Pathman Surasena enlarged him on a cash bail of 100,000 rupees and two surety bails of 100,000 rupees each.
Sarath De Abrew is accused of sexually abusing a domestic aide in his house. The indictment filed against him was read in open courts and Sarath De Abrew pleaded not guilty to the charge. The judge emphasized that his sureties should produce certificates from the Grama Niladhari and that they should be recognized by the judiciary.
In addition the Court ordered to secure a finger print report of the accused. However confusion surfaced in the judiciary as Sarath de Abrew got into his vehicle parked in the Court premises before the finger prints were recorded. Later Police Officers in charge of court security took action to record the finger prints of the accused after taking him to the Police Post, subsequently bringing it to the notice of the High Court Judge.
The judge fixed the case for hearing on the 23rd of May while notices were issued on the first witness to appear on that day.
The Attorney General has named 21 witnesses in relation to this case. Six documents have been cited as case goods.
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a Fundamental Rights petition filed by Abrew, clearing the way for the hearing to commence today.