Namal’s money laundering case postponed to 6 Feb

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By 2018-01-16

By Kavindya Perera

Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon yesterday (15) postponed the hearing of the case, in which Parliamentarian 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, to 6 February.

The case was thus postponed owing to the Attorney General having to submit certain documents pertaining to the case to the defence.

Previously, the Judge when the case was taken up for hearing on 13 December, 2017, granted permission for MP 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.

When the case was called up on 13 December, last year, Attorney-at-Law Sampath Mendis, appearing for the second accused Indika Prabath Karunajeewa, informed the 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 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 parties had 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:

Rajapaksa, Karunajeewa, Oranella Iresha Silva, Sujani Bogollagama, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and the Gowers Corporate Service Private Limited.

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