Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has filed an appeal against his suspended prison sentence.
NewsRadio Court correspondent said the attorneys representing Minister Ranatunga handed over the appeal to the Colombo High Court to be submitted to the Court of Appeal.
The Colombo High Court yesterday sentenced Minister Ranatunga to a two year rigorous imprisonment, suspended for five years, over intimidating an individual and extortion over a land dispute.
Court also imposed a Rs.25 million fine on Minister Ranatunga and informed that the failure to pay the sum will result in an additional nine month prison sentence.
Minister Ranatunga was also ordered to pay Rs.1 million in compensation to the first witness of the aggrieved party and informed that the failure to pay the compensation will result in the sum being charged as a fine and an additional three month prison sentence.
The verdict was issued over the 13th indictment in the case; intimidating a businessman in 2015 and extorting more than Rs.37 million in promissory notes.