UPDATE: Pastor Jerome Fernando Arrested by CID Upon Second Appearance for Statement

December 01, 2023


In a surprising turn of events, Pastor Jerome Fernando, embroiled in a controversy over alleged remarks insulting Buddhism, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) upon his arrival to provide a statement. Fernando had appeared before the CID for the second time today, accompanied by his attorneys.

The arrest unfolded at the CID premises. His attorneys responded, asserting that the arrest occurred during what was anticipated to be a routine statement-giving session. Pastor Fernando, who recently returned to the island amid the controversy, now faces the prospect of being presented before a Magistrate.

The controversy over remarks attributed to the pastor had triggered a police complaint, leading to the initiation of an investigation by the CID. The arrest, occurring during the course of this investigation, adds a layer of complexity to the unfolding legal proceedings.