Nov 24, 2017

Malwana case against Basil postponed to next year

The case filed in the Gampaha High Court by the Attorney general under the money laundering act against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and  Thirukumaran Nadesan on charges of purchasing a 16 acre land in Dompe, Malwana, Hapitigama and constructing a mansion, thereby misappropriating state funds, was set to be taken up for hearing on March 09,16 and 23 and May 07,16 and 22 by High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando yesterday (23).

The case was called yesterday around 2.15 pm at the Gampaha High Court and the fist defendant Basil Rajapaksa was present in Court, while the second defendant Thirukumar Nadesan did not appear in Court having obtained Court permission to travel overseas for medical treatment.

The Deputy Solicitor General of the AG’s Department Thusith Mudalige took measures yesterday to have the translated documents and evidence recorded in the indictment papers  to Tamil and handed them over to the second defendant’s lawyers.

The case was scheduled to be called again on November 29 for the defendant’s lawyers to examine the documents and have them corrected in the event there are errors.

Attorneys Tissa Gunawardena, Chanaka Kapurubandara, D.A.P.V. Ratna together with President’s Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe appeared on behalf of the first defendant Basil Rajapaksa.