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Money laundering case against Namal, others fixed for Feb. 10

The case against Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and five others under the Money Laundering Act was yesterday fixed for further trial on February 10, 2020, by the Colombo High Court. The defence sought a further date for the trial citing their counsels were appearing for another case at the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused for their alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited

Four accused Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nithya Senani Samaranayake, Sujani Bogollagama and Iresha Silva, who functioned as the directors of Gowers Corporation Pvt. Ltd, were present in court when the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court.

However, the second accused Indika Karunajeewa was not present in court but was represented by President’s Counsel Sampath Mendis.

On a previous occasion, the High Court permitted the prosecution to proceed with the trial in absencia of the second and sixth accused in the case in terms of Section 241 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Colombo High Court had served indictments on six accused regarding this money laundering case.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Namal Rajapaksa, Indika Karunajeewa, Sujani Bogollagama, Iresha Silva, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited on 11 counts under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their alleged involvement in money laundering amounting to Rs. 30 million in a company (Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited) owned by Namal Rajapaksa between 2013 and 2014.

It was reported that Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited of Colombo 5 provides coordinating services to SriLankan Airlines.

The FCID had initiated investigations into this matter following a complaint by Voice Against Corruption Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe.

Samarasinghe alleged that MP Namal Rajapaksa had bought shares of a company named Hello Corp and set up a company called Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited, while being an MP, from the Rs.125 million earned through illegal means.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana with Jayantha Weerasinghe, PC, Navin Marapana, PC, and Sampath Mendis, PC, appeared for the defence.

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Money Laundering case against Namal and others fixed for Feb.10 (17:05)

The case against Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and five others under Money Laundering Act was today fixed for further trial on February 10 next year by Colombo High Court. The defence sought a further date for the trial citing their counsels were appearing for another case at Supreme Court.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused for their alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited

Four accused Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nithya Senani Samaranayake, Sujani Bogollagama and Iresha Silva who functioned as the directors of Gowers Corporation Pvt. Ltd director were present in court when the case was taken up before Colombo High Court.


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