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Case against President’s former Chief of Staff fixed for trial

The case filed against President’s former Chief of Staff Kusumdasa Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka was yesterday fixed for trial on September 9 by the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar.

This is for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs. 540 million and accepting another Rs. 20 million from an Indian investor who wished to acquire a section of the Kantale sugar factory.

The Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne issued summons on the Indian businessman, the key witness in the case to appear in court on the next date.

The Director General of the Bribery Commission had filed indictments against the two accused under 24 counts for allegedly committing offences punishable under Section 19(b), 19(c), 25(2) and 25(3) of the Bribery Act.

The two accused had been arrested in a car park of a luxury hotel in Colombo, on May 3, 2018, by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption while accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million.

The Bribery Commission has named 46 individuals as witnesses and further listed 41 items as production items in the case.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appeared for the Bribery Commission. President’s Counsel Anil de Silva with Rienzie Arsecularatne, PC, appeared for the accused. 

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Case against Mahanama and Piyadasa fixed for trial (15:02)

The case filed against President’s former Chief of Staff Kusumdasa Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka was today fixed for trial on September 9 by Permanent High Court trial-at-Bar.

This is for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs. 540 million accepting another Rs. 20 million from an Indian investor who wants to acquire a section of the Kantale sugar factory.
 
Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne issued summons on the Indian businessman, the key witness in the case to appear in Court on next trial date.


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