Oct 11, 2017

Court bars Gammanpila from leaving country Featured

The attorney general has strongly objected to a request by MP Udaya Gammanpila for court permission for him to tour Italy from 17 October to 04 November.

It came when Colombo high court judge R. Gurusinghe took up a case in which Gammanpila stands accused of having prepared a fake attorney license and sold 4.1 million shares of Pan Asia Bank owned by Australian national Brian Shaddick’s Digital Nominees.

The judge agreed with the objections on the grounds that main witness Shaddick was yet to finish giving evidence, and said the accused would not be permitted to leave the country for the time being.

He ordered the request be considered at the next hearing.

Lawyers for the accused cross-examined Shaddick briefly today and the judge had to intervene when they inquired from the witness about the attorney license in a threatening manner.

When asked why he did not take action under the Australian law, Shaddick replied that the fraud related to a business in Sri Lanka and that the accused was a Sri Lankan national.

The hearing continues on October 17.

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