Money laundering case against Namal, others fixed for October 14 | Daily News

Money laundering case against Namal, others fixed for October 14

The case filed against Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa and five others under the Money Laundering Act was yesterday fixed for further trial on October 14 by Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi.

The prosecution sought a further date for the trial citing that the main prosecution counsel who is leading evidence was appearing for another court case.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused for their alleged involvement in laundering 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 was represented by his counsel Sampath Mendis PC.

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

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 (Pvt) Limited 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 (Pvt) Limited) owned by Namal Rajapaksa between 2013 and 2014.

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

The FCID had initiated investigations into this matter following a complaint by Voice Against Corruption Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe. Samarasinghe alleged that MP Namal Rajapaksa had bought shares of a company named Hello Corp and set up a company called Gowers Corporate Services while being an MP from the Rs.125 million earned through illegal means.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC, Navin Marapana PC and Sampath Mendis PC appeared for the defence.


 

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