Trial-at-Bar for first ever elephant trafficking case | Daily News


 

‘Ali’ Roshan, 7 others before High Court :

Trial-at-Bar for first ever elephant trafficking case

The Chief Justice has nominated a three-member High Court Trial-at-Bar to hear the first elephant trafficking case in the legal history of this country.

AG’s Co-ordinating Officer, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne told the Daily News that the Chief Justice had nominated High Court Justices Vikum Kaluarachchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Adithya Patabendige to hear the elephant trafficking case to be filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan and seven others.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera had requested the Chief Justice to appoint a Trial-at-Bar to hear this case having regard to the circumstances of and relating to the commission of the offences.

The Attorney General has already prepared indictments against elephant trafficking kingpin Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan and seven others for unlawful possession of five elephants valued at Rs.30 million.

The AG is expecting to file indictments against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan, Ali Roshan’s close relative Samarappuli Hewage Uchitha Nishan Dhammika,

Wildlife Officers Upali Padmasiri and Priyanka Sanjeewani, Kadupitiyage Chandana Kumara, Sashika Chanuka Gamlath, Palihapitiya Gamage Jayalath and Ranasinghelage Damith Chathuranga under 33 counts including conspiring to traffick five elephants between June 5, 2012 and August 31, 2015.

The charges are to be filed under 33 counts for violating the provisions of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and Public Property Act including conspiracy to traffick elephants, trafficking of elephants, unlawful possession of elephants and retention of stolen public property (elephants).

At a previous occasion, the Permanent High Court-at-Bar ordered the release of Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan and six others from the case filed over similar charges after upholding the defence’s preliminary objections.

The Permanent High Court-at-Bar decided to reject the indictments filed by Attorney General citing that the Permanent High Court has no jurisdiction to hear this case.

At this stage defence counsel had contended that the Permanent High Court has no jurisdiction to hear this case since it had been filed under section 27 of the Fauna and Flora Ordinance and section 5(3) of the Public Property Act.

Accordingly, the Attorney General has decided to file fresh indictments regarding this elephant trafficking incident.

 


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