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Almanac case against two, including Basil fixed for Oct.14

The almanac case filed against two accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was yesterday fixed for October 14 by Colombo High Court.

The Court was informed that Court of Appeal has extended its Interim Order staying any further proceeding into the controversial almanac case before High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga. The Court of Appeal is to deliver its judgement regarding the transfer petition filed by Basil Rajapaksa on September 27.

Accordingly, the case against the two accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs.29.4 million of funds belonging to Divi Neguma Department was yesterday fixed for October 14 as a calling date in order to perceive the progress of the transfer application.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the former Minister and former director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka in the Colombo High Court for allegedly printing 5 million almanacs with the image of former president MahindaRajapaksa, costing Rs.29.4 million, to be used as election propaganda material, during January-2015 Presidential election.

The Attorney General alleged that by printing these almanacs between November 23 and December 31, 2014, these accused had attempted to influence citizens of this country to vote for presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa. The AG maintained that the act of the accused deems him guilty of the offence of bribery in accordance with the section 79 of the Presidential Election Act No 15 of 1981.

Furthermore, the two accused had been charged under the Public Property Act No 12 of 1982 to file misappropriation charges. The AG had listed 32 people including former Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya as witnesses in the case.

Senior State Counsel Sudarshana Silva appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anil Silva with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC appeared for the accused.


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