Money laundering case postponed Namal allowed overseas travel

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-12-14 10:12:02

Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon yesterday gave permission for Namal Rajapaksa to travel abroad from 20-31 December to attend a function in the United Arab Emirates. He also ordered the accused to inform the Court once he returns to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Court also postponed hearing of the case, in which Namal Rajapaksa and five others are charged, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, with failing to reveal how a sum of Rs 30 million had been earned. The next date of hearing was set as 15 January, 2018.

When thecase was called yesterday, Counsel Sampath Mendis, appearing for the second accused Indika Prabath Karunajeewa, informed Court that the documents pertaining to the indictment against his client had not been filed and those documents are required. The Judge acceding to the request and directed the prosecution to provide the defendant with the relevant documents which had not been filed along with the indictment.

The Attorney General indicted the six accused on 11 charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, including committing the offence of aiding and abetting in the offence.

It is alleged that the accused between 1 October, 2013 and 31 August, 2014, together with individuals unknown to the prosecution have earned the sum of Rs 30 million illegally. The Attorney General has named the following as the accused: Namal Rajapaksa, Indika Prabath Kaurunajeewa, Oranella Iresha Silva, Sujani Bogallagama, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and the Gowers Corporate Service Private Limited.

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