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Gowers Corporate director Iresha Silva released on bail

Iresha Silva, one of the  the directors of Gowers Corporate Services, was present in court when the case was taken up and later released on bail. Silva seen leaving the High Court premises yesterday. Picture by Shan Rupassara
Iresha Silva, one of the the directors of Gowers Corporate Services, was present in court when the case was taken up and later released on bail. Silva seen leaving the High Court premises yesterday. Picture by Shan Rupassara

Batapola Arachchige Oranella Iresha Silva arrested at the Airport (BIA) for her alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited allegedly owned by Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was released on bail by Colombo High Court yesterda.

When the accused was produced before High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, the Attorney General did not object to release the accused on bail.

Accordingly, Iresha Silva, a Director of Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited was ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs. 500,000 with a surety bail of Rs. 5 million. The Court further issued an order directing the Controller of Immigration and Emigration that the accused be prevented from leaving the country.

At a previous occasion, both Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court and Colombo High Court had issued warrants through Interpol for the arrest of Iresha Silva, the fourth accused in the case for evading courts since the inception of inquiry into the matter.

State Counsel Padmal Weerasinghe appearing for the Attorney General informed court that the accused was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday morning after being deported from the United Arab Emirates.

Defence counsel Sampath Mendis appearing for the accused told court that his client decided to return the country in order face the High Court trial.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Namal Rajapaksa, Indika Karunajeewa, Sujani Bogollagama, Iresha Silva, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited on 11 counts under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their alleged involvement in money laundering amounting to Rs.30 million through a company (Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited) owned by Namal Rajapaksa between 2013 and 2014. 


 

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