Nov 07, 2017

Police fail to locate Gamini Senarath Featured

Police have so far been unable to locate Gamini Senarath, chief-of-staff of the former president, and two others accused of having misused state money allotted for a hotel project.

There have been reports in the media that a government minister was harbouring Senarath.

Commenting on these reports, a top official at the president’s office told Sri Lanka Mirror that several UNP backbenchers have met the president and raised this with him.

The president has advised them to speak to the prime minister, according to the official.

To appear before courts on 9th

Meanwhile, lawyers for the three accused informed the supreme court yesterday (06) that they would be produced before the Colombo Fort magistrate’s court on November 09 in order to assist in the investigation against them.

The court was taking up fundamental rights petitions filed by them, seeking an order to prevent their arrest.

Senarath and former general manager of Sri Lanka Insurance Piyadasa Kudabalage and ex-Samurdhi commissioner general Neil Bandara Hapuwinne are accused of a Rs. four million misuse of state money.

That money was taken from a Rs. 18.5 billion allocation made in 2012 with cabinet approval for Grand Hyatt Regency hotel project at Kollupitiya by an affiliate of Sri Lanka Insurance, and spent illegally on the Hyatt Regency hotel in Hambantota.

Pursuant to a FCID investigation, a case was filed at the Colombo Fort magistrate’s court, which has now imposed a foreign travel ban on the accused.