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Trial-at-Bar Bench issues warrant for arrest of Presidential Commission Secretary

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to look into alleged political victimization of public servants for not complying with a Court order regarding a case filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench observed that Pearl Weerasinghe, the Secretary of the Presidential Commission has undermined the judicial power of the High Court Trial-at-Bar by not complying with a court order that was issued directing her appear in court and produce CID investigation briefs relating to the investigations into the possession of elephants without valid permits.

While expressing their disappointment regarding the conduct of the Presidential Commission for not cooperating with the judicial process, Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising Colombo High Court Judges Vikum Kaluarachchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Aditya Patabandige ordered the CID to immediately execute the warrant through the Inspector General of Police.

Meanwhile, Trial-at-Bar Bench also issued an order directing the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to prevent Presidential Commission Secretary from leaving the country.

‘We have to safeguard the dignity of the judicial system in the country. We cannot allow anyone to destroy the judicial system’, High Court judge Vikum Kaluarachchi observed.

The Court had earlier issued summons directing Pearl Weerasinghe, a witness in the case to appear in court along with the investigation briefs pertaining to the CID investigation which are currently placed at the Presidential Commission. However, the secretary of the Presidential Commission was yesterday represented by a lawyer and failed to present the investigation briefs

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara with Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General moved court to issue a warrant against the Presidential Commission Secretary for her failure to adhere with the court order.

Accordingly, the case filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others for allegedly keeping five elephants in their possession without valid permits was yesterday fixed for further trial on March 10 by Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

The Attorney General filed indictments against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan, Ali Roshan’s close relative Samarappuli Hewage Uchitha Nishan Dhammika, Wildlife Officers Upali Padmasiri and 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 28 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).

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris and Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appeared On behalf of the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for the accused.

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