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Rohitha Abeygunawardena Case: Fixed for trial in August

 

The corruption case filed against former Minister and Kalutara District MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena alleged to have acquired assets worth Rs.41.1 million unlawfully was fixed for trial on August 2, 3 by the Colombo High Court, today.

Meanwhile, the defence party informed High Court Judge Sampath Wijeratne that they were able to inspect and access computer evidence pertaining to financial transactions made by the accused and his wife. 

At an earlier occasion, the High Court overruled a preliminary objection raised by former Minister against the Bribery Commission's decision to amend the charges.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed an indictment in the Colombo High Court on two counts against former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena for the unlawful acquisition of assets estimated at Rs.41.1 million.

In his indictment, the Director General of the Bribery Commission alleged that the former Minister committed this offence by way of undeclared assets in between 2004 to 2006.

The Director General alleged that the former Minister has unlawfully made 66 monitory transactions, constructed a house and purchased a jeep in contravention to the section 23(a) of the Bribery Act.

The Director General further alleged that former Minister Abeygunawardena owned these properties-deems under the provision of the act to be property acquired by bribery.

Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appeared for the Bribery Commission.

President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa with counsel Niroshan Siriwardena appeared for the accused.


 

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