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President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passes away

President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 74. He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo for a prolonged illness at the time of his death.

Warnakulasuriya was a famous senior criminal lawyer, especially recognised for taking up many notable cases at the Magistrate’s Court of Colombo.

He has served as the Bar Association Secretary as well as the Legal Aid Commission Chairman for a period of 10 years. He was thereafter appointed the Bar Association’s Deputy President.

Warnakulasuriya had a short stint at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission as well, to which he was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2016. He had also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy during the same year he was appointed the President’s Counsel. His funeral is due to be held at the Borella Cemetery on Saturday (14), at 5.30 pm. His body now lies at his residence: No. 47, Norris Canal Road, Colombo 10..