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Former Magistrate’s case fixed for trial on Nov.6

The case filed against four accused including former Magistrate Thilina Gamage for unlawful possession of an elephant calf named ‘Sakura’ valued at Rs.6.9 million was yesterday fixed for trial by Colombo High Court.

The case was fixed for trial on November 6 by the Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga.

At a previous hearing, the four accused were released on previous bail conditions, which were imposed during the magisterial inquiry. In addition to the previous bail conditions, the accused were ordered to be released on a bond of Rs.500,000.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against four accused Magistrate Thilina Gamage, Chandrarathna Bandara Yatawara,Wildlife Officers Upali Padmasiri and Priyanka Sanjeewani under 25 counts including possession of an elephant calf without a license, conspiracy to tender false documents and registration of the concerned elephant calf by producing forged documents.

The charges were filed for violating the provisions of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and Public Property Act. The Attorney General maintained that due to the fact that the elephant calf does not have a valid license, the elephant calf falls under the category of Public Property.

Thus, the charges have been filed under Public Property Act for the possession of an elephant calf stolen from the forest.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anil de Silva with Counsel Nilantha Wijesinghe appeared for the accused.


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