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Further medical treatment keeping Gota from returning to country on due date - Defence Counsel

Defence Counsel appearing of behalf of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday informed the Permanent High Court-at-Bar that his client was unable to return to the island as agreed since he requires further medical treatment in Singapore.

Filing a motion in court, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry told court that his client is currently in Singapore for medical treatment and he was to return on June 2. However, Defence Counsel submitted to Court that his client has required further time to receive medical treatment in Singapore.

However, Senior State Counsel Wasantha Perera appearing for the Attorney General informed that there is no barrier for the Defence Counsel to represent the accused when he is not present in court.

Accordingly,the Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne fixed the case to be heard on June 19, as scheduled earlier.

The Trial-at-Bar bench had allowed Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to travel to Singapore between May 24 and June 2. The Court made this order following a request made by Defence Counsel that his client be permitted to go abroad for medical purpose.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with an incident that the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana was built using public funds amounting to Rs.33.9 million.

On February 11, the Permanent High Court-at-Bar decided to overrule preliminary objections raised by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with the D.A.Rajapaksa Museum case citing the Permanent High Court-at-Bar has jurisdiction to hear this case.

Indictments were filed against seven accused former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, members of the Director Board of Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) Chairman Prasad Harshan de Silva, Bhadra Udulawathi Kamaladasa, Sudammika Keminda Artigala, Saman Kumara Abraham Galappatti, Devage Mahinda Saliya and Srimathi Mallika Kumari Senadheera under seven counts for allegedly misappropriating LRDC funds of Rs.33.9 million.

Senior State Counsel Wasantha Perera appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Ali Sabry and Anil Silva PC appeared for the accused.


 

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