Money Laundering case against Namal, others fixed for April 3 | Daily News

Money Laundering case against Namal, others fixed for April 3

The case filed against Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa and five others under the Money Laundering Act was fixed for further trial on April 3 by Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi yesterday.

The defence sought a further date for further trial since its senior counsel was appearing in another court.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused for their alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services.

Four accused Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nithya Senani Samaranayake, Sujani Bogollagama and Iresha Silva who functioned as the directors of Gowers Corporation were present in court when the case was taken up before Colombo High Court.

However, the second accused Indika Karunajeewa was not present in Court but represented by attorneys.

At a previous occasion, the High Court permitted the prosecution to proceed the trial in the absentia of second and sixth accused in the case in terms of section 241 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

At a previous occasion, the Colombo High Court had served indictments on three accused regarding this money laundering case.

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

It was reported that Gowers Corporate Services of Colombo 5, is providing coordinating services to SriLankan Airlines.

The FCID had initiated investigations into this matter following a complaint by Voice Against Corruption Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe.


 

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