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Astrologer released

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.

The Colombo Court found insufficient evidence of a credible threat posed by his predications to justify his continued detention.

 Bandara's 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.

The 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 President.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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