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Gota seeks court’s permission to travel overseas

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, whose passport was impounded in connection with the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case, yesterday sought Court’s permission to travel abroad for a medical check-up.

Filing a motion before Permanent High Court Trail-at-Bar yesterday, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry appearing on behalf of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa informed Court that his client is expecting to travel abroad between October 9 and October 12 for a medical check-up.

He further submitted to court that his client would contest the upcoming Presidential Election under the SLPP ticket. He moved court to release Rajapaksa’s passport for the purpose of verifying his identity as a Sri Lankan citizen.

Meanwhile, State Counsel Udara Karunatilleka, appearing for the Attorney General, informed court that he would not object to the request but sought further time to consider the request since he did not receive any material to peruse.

Accordingly, the Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne fixed this application to be considered on October 3.

This case is to be commence for day-to-day trial from October 15 before the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar.

On February 11, the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar decided to overrule preliminary objections raised by former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with the D. A.Rajapaksa Museum case arguing that the Permanent High Court-at-Bar has jurisdiction to hear this case.

Indictments were filed against seven accused former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, members of the director board of Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) Chairman Prasad Harshan de Silva, Bhadra Udulawathi Kamaladasa, Sudammika Keminda Artigala, Saman Kumara Abraham Galappatti, Devage Mahinda Saliya and Srimathi Mallika Kumari Senadheera under seven counts for allegedly misappropriating LRDC funds of Rs.33.9 million

President’s Counsel Ali Sabry appeared for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. State Counsel Udara Karunathilake appeared for the Attorney General.


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