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Court order on request for acquittal by Gamini Senarath fixed for March 27

Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday fixed for March 27 to deliver its order regarding a request made by the defence in the case filed against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath and three others that they be acquitted from the case without calling defence evidence.

When the case came up before Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne, both defence and prosecution submitted their written submissions regarding the defence request.

The Defence had made an application in terms of Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code requesting to acquit the accused without calling defence evidence alleging the prosecution evidence was not sufficient to prove the case against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt.

The prosecution evidence pertaining to the case filed against four accused for illegally transferring of Rs.500 million from Litro Gas to Canwill Holdings Pvt Limited was concluded on last February 12.

The four accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath, former Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage, former Samurdhi Commissioner Neil Bandara Hapuwinna and Lasantha Bandara are currently out on bail.

The four accused had been charged under the Penal Code, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Public Property Act.

The Attorney General alleged that the accused have committed this offence between February 1, 2014 and January 20, 2015.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana, Anil Silva PC, Ali Sabry PC and Counsel Navin Marapana and Sampath Mendis appeared for the defence.

 


 

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