Former SPC chairman remanded till Jan 6 | Daily News


Former SPC chairman remanded till Jan 6

Former State Pharmaceuticals Corporation chairman Mohommed Rumi Mohommed Azeem, who surrendered to the Criminal Investigations Department over the “White Van” press conference, was yesterday ordered to be remanded till January 6 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Shalini Perera.The suspect was charged with allegedly giving two million rupees to two persons, who spoke about alleged ‘white van’ abductions at a press conference prior to the last presidential election.

Former chairman Azeem was arrested after he surrendered to the CID after being wanted over the ‘white van’ press conference staged last month.

When the matter was taken up before the Magistrate, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that this suspect had given money for first and second suspects of this case. DSG Peiris said former SPC chairman Mohomed Rumi Mohommed Azeem was named as the fourth suspect of this white van incident.

“Investigations had revealed that first two suspects had agreed to participate for the press conference for Rs.3 million. But somehow, the suspects had agreed for Rs. 2 million and the fourth suspect had provided those money to them,” DSG Dileepa Peiris added.

DSG Dileepa Piries further pointed out that there are three factories which belonged to this suspect and he was a Chairman of a State Company. DSG Dileepa Peiris also stated that the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne had earlier issued a travel ban on him.

“The suspect had been absconding the CID since last Friday. CID also recorded a statement from the suspect.CID went to this suspects residence on December 28 and he was not there at that time. The suspect was surrendered himself to CID on yesterday at 9.30 a.m through an Attorney-at-law”, DSG Dileepa Peiris also added.

Attorney Anura Seneviratne appearing on behalf of the suspect pleaded his client be released on bail considering the section 4 of the Bail Act. Counsel Seneviratne also stated that the charges which have been filed against his client were bailable offences.Counsel Seneviratne also stated that his client did not participate at the media briefing held on November 10. Counsel Seneviratne further told the court that his client had worked under former MP Rajitha Senaratne.

DSG Peiris further stated that the first and suspects had spent a luxury life by using the Rs.2 million.The first two suspects had rented a car for their use.The CID began an investigation regarding that matter, DSG Dileepa Peiris said.

The Additional Magistrate observed that the CID had not concluded initial investigations into this matter.

The Magistrate also stated that it will take sometime for the CID to conclude initial investigations regarding the incident.The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for January 6.


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