Thatscricket - News - Arjuna pleads for out of court deal in assault case
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lankan cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga has pleaded for an out-of-court settlement after being accused of assaulting schoolboys, court officials said Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ranatunga, his brother Prasanna and three others were charged on 36 counts of assaulting teenage cricket players and illegally detaining them in connection with an incident in March last year.Seven students aged 16-18 tried to retrieve a cricket ball that fell into the Ranatunga family home, which is next to the Asoka College in Colombo.Ranatunga's lawyers pleaded for an out-of-court settlement when the case resumed on Wednesday.The court ordered Ranatunga's lawyers to work out a suitable compensation payment and report back on September 27. Lawyers for the victims told the court that one of the group, 17-year-old Hirimuthuge Dilshan Danushka, has been receiving pyschiatric treatment as a result of the mental trauma caused by the assault. Ranatunga, 39, is a member of parliament of the main opposition party and could have lost his seat if convicted. His father is also an opposition legislator.Ranatunga had been on bail of Rupees 55,000 ($ 597) since March 2001. The former captain of the national cricket team is a hero in his country after leading Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup. He retired from cricket in August 2000 after being dropped from the One-day squad.
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