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Elephant trafficking case

Ali Roshan, seven others notified to appear in court

Elephant trafficking kingpin Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan and seven others were yesterday notified to appear in court on July 25 by the Colombo High Court.

Court made the order to serve indictments on the accused regarding the first ever elephant trafficking case in the legal history of the country.

The Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General (AG), State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated that the AG yesterday filed indictments against Ali Roshan and seven others in the Colombo High Court.

The Chief Justice had nominated Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court judges Vikum Kaluarchchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Adithya Patabendige to hear the case.

AG Dappula de Livera had requested the Chief Justice to appoint a Trial-at-Bar to hear the case.

The Attorney General filed indictments against elephant trafficking kingpin Samarappulige Niraj Roshanalias Ali Roshan and seven others for having five elephants illegally valued at Rs.30 million.

The AG filed 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 traffic five elephants between June 5, 2012 and August 31, 2015.

The charges were filed under 33 counts with violating the provisions of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and the Public Property Act including conspiracy to traffic elephants, having them illegally and retaining stolen public property (elephants).

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

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

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

Accordingly, the AG has filed fresh indictments for the elephant trafficking incident.


 

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