Court rules predictions not a threat to President
By R. Wijewardene
Chandrasiri Bandara, the astrolo-ger detained by the CID
for seeing signs in the stars that posed a threat to the
President was released on Friday, July 3, after over a
week in detention.
Colombo Court found insufficient evidence of a credible
threat posed by his predications to justify his
interpretation of movements in the heavens led him to
predict that Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
would find himself president on September 9.
While the debate regarding the accuracy and efficacy of
astrology is age old the CID came out strongly in
support of the prophetic powers of the stars, and
detained Bandara on the grounds that his prediction
presented a grave threat to the safety of the President,
whose current terms extends into 2010.
astrologer was detained and questioned at length in
order to ascertain whether or not the stars had given
him special knowledge of a conspiracy against the
Colombo court however came down firmly on the side of
rationalism and found Bandara' s predictions did not in
fact pose a threat to the safety of thePresident. While
the debate regarding the credibility of astrology is as
yet unresolved Bandara is now free, presumably to make
any predictions he wants. Though it is likely that even
the stars might be persuaded to adopt a measure of self
censorship in future.