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Ali Roshan’s case on Oct. 09

The case filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others for allegedly keeping five elephants in their possession without valid permits and racketeering them was yesterday fixed for further trial on October 09 by the Colombo High Court Trial at Bar.

The case was yesterday taken up before the Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising Colombo High Court Judges Vikum Kaluarachchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Aditya Patabandige. The Attorney General filed indictments against elephant trafficking kingpin Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘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, Priyanka Sanjeewani, Kadupitiyage Chandana Kumara, Sashika Chanuka Gamlath, Palihapitiya Gamage Jayalath and Ranasinghelage Damith Chathuranga under 33 counts including conspiring to trafficking 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 traffic elephants, trafficking of elephants, and unlawful possession of elephants and retention of stolen public property (elephants). Colombo High Court ordered to release ‘Ali Roshan’ and six others last March from the case filed against them for allegedly keeping four elephants in their possession without valid permits as the Permanent High Court has no jurisdiction to hear the case since it had been filed under Section 27 of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and section 5(3) of the Public Property Act.

Therefore, AG in a special request from the Chief Justice has requested for the appointment of a tripartite bench to take up the case filed at Colombo High Courts against the infamous elephant trafficker Ali Roshan and seven other defendants and the AG had then filed 27 charges against ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven other defendants under the offences according to Public Property Act.

 


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