Case against Wimal re-fixed for September 7 | Daily News


Case against Wimal re-fixed for September 7

A corruption case filed against Small and Medium Enterprises, Enterprise Development & Industry and Logistics Minister Wimal Weerawansa, was yesterday fixed for trial on September 7 by the Colombo High Court.

When the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi, President’s Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe informed court that State Minister could not appear before the court as he had to attend a special meeting yesterday.

However, the case was fixed for trial and summonses were issued on two prosecution witnesses to appear before the court on September 7.

In this case, the Bribery Commission Director-General had filed indictments against Wimal Weerawansa over the alleged unlawful acquisition of money and assets estimated at Rs.75 million within a period of six years, while serving as a Minister during the former Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

The Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) alleged that the minister had committed this offence by way of undeclared assets between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2014. The indictments were filed under 39 incidents based on monetary and property transactions estimated at Rs.75 million. The Director-General also alleged that the minister had unlawfully made 26 monetary transactions, constructed a house, and purchased lands and vehicles in contravention of Section 23(a) of the Bribery Act.

The Bribery Commission’s Director-General further alleged that under the Act, the lands owned by Minister Weerawansa are deemed to be property acquired through bribery.

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