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Elephant trafficking: Ali Roshan, 7 others given bail

Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias “Ali Roshan” and seven others, including two Wildlife Officers, on trial for allegedly possessing elephants without permits, were yesterday granted bail by the three-bench Trial-at bar in the Colombo High Court.

When the matter was taken up before the Trial-at-bar bench comprising High Court Judges Vikum Kaluarachchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Adithya Patabendige made this order after taking into consideration the Attorney General’s consent. The suspects, who are charged with keeping five elephants worth Rs. 5 million in their possession without permits, were released on cash bail of Rs.25,000 and two sureties of Rs.5,000,000 for each.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appearing on behalf of the Attorney General yesterday informed court that the Attorney General has no objections over granting bail for the suspects. State Counsel Janaka Bandara also handed over the relevant documents pertaining to the case to the defence counsel.

At the previous hearing, the Attorney General’s Department had raised objections to the release of the suspects on bail under Section 450 (6) of the Criminal Procedure Code. As per Section 450(6) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the court has to consider the Attorney General’s consent in order to release the accused on bail after indictments were served on them.

The Attorney General filed indictments against Samarappulige Niraj Roshanalias Ali Roshan and seven others for unlawful possession of five elephants valued at Rs.30 million.

The Attorney General 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 traffick five elephants between June 5, 2012 and August 31, 2015.

The charges were 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).

The case will be taken up again on August 31.

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