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Tiran Alles, three others released from RADA fraud case

The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered to release former Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) Chairman Tiran Alles and three others accused from the case filed against them for allegedly conspiring to misappropriate Rs.124 million of public funds belonging to RADA in 2005.

After considering a request made by the Attorney-General, Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi ordered to release former RADA Chairman Tiran Alles, former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, Former RADA Chief Operating Officer (COO) Saliya Wickremasuriya, and Dr. Jayantha Dias Samarasinghe, under the power vested in him under Section 194 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

In addition, the High Court Judge ordered the Immigration and Emigration Controller to lift the travel ban imposed on Tiran Alles and the other three accused, and ordered to release their passports, which are held under court custody. The Colombo High Court further ordered to withdraw the open warrant which was issued to arrest Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case.

When the case was yesterday taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris, appearing on behalf of the Attorney-General, conducted the testimony of the most important first witness in the case: former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RADA, Chandrakanthi Fernando.

While testifying before the court, Fernando stated that she handed over a file given by Gemunu Silva, an Engineer at RADA, to the Police Special investigations unit which conducted the investigation, and that all the documents in the file were transcripts. Fernando also said she had never seen the originals of those documents, and she knew nothing about them.

Accordingly, DSG Dileepa Pieris sought from the court to allow the witness to testify under Section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code as she was in a position which was contrary to the position at the time of the beginning of the investigations of the case.

With the permission of the court, further evidence was recorded from the witness, and she examined the documents presented by DSG Dileepa Pieris and stated that she did not know anything about the originals of the documents.

After conducting the testimony, the DSG stated that only this witness knew about certain documents, and that there were no other witnesses who knew about it. Further, the DSG stated that the case was filed on the basis of the original position taken by this witness, but that the witness now has a contradictory position.

Accordingly, the DSG stated that the Prosecution does not intend to pursue the case further and concluded the testimony of the prosecution witnesses, and the Prosecution is expected to take appropriate action against witness Chandrakanthi Fernando in future in this regard.

The Attorney-General had filed indictments against the four accused in connection with controversial RADA fraud during the implementation of the Jayalanka Housing Project for the construction of 800 units in the Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts between December 01, 2005, and July 05, 2006.

Former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case, is absconding. The High Court had allowed the Attorney-General to proceed with the case in absentia of Emil Kanthan.

The Attorney General had listed several witnesses, including former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, former Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundara, former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Provincial Councillor Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe, and several others, as witnesses in the case.

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