Almanac case filed against Basil fixed for trial | Daily News

Almanac case filed against Basil fixed for trial

The case filed against two accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs.29.4 million Divi Neguma Department funds was yesterday fixed for trial on November 13 by Colombo High Court judge Gihan Kulatunga.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former Minister and former director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka in the Colombo High Court for allegedly printing five million almanacs with the image of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, costing Rs.29.4 million, to be used as election propaganda material during January 2015 presidential election.

The Attorney General alleged that by printing these almanacs between November 23 and December 31 2014, these accused had attempted to influence citizens of this country to vote for presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The AG maintained that the act of Basil Rajapaksa deems guilty of the offence of bribery in accordance with the section 79 of the Presidential Election Act No 15 of 1981.

Furthermore, two accused had been charged under the Public Property Act No 12 of 1982 to file misappropriation charges. The AG has listed 32 people as witnesses in the case.

Senior State Counsel Sudarshana Silva appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anil Silva with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC appeared for the accused.


 

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