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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Can you beat that? Basil’s money laundering case postponed for 6 long months citing absence of AG’s advice ! Truly incredible or incredibly true ?
(Lanka-e-News - 29.May.2017, 6.45AM) The case in Matara courts in which former economic development minister Basil Rajapakse is an accused in connection with a fraud involving the purchase of a land one and half acres in extent at Browns Heel , Matara for a sum of Rs. 60 million was postponed for six long months, that is until 30 th of November citing the excuse the advice of the Attorney General (AG) had not been received. The chief magistrate who gave this long date is Ms. Suresha De Silva.
The accused Basil Rajapakse and the architect Muditha Jayakody were present in court on the 27 th.
Tissa Galapathy , a veterinary doctor the brother in law of Basil Rajapakse who is the first accused in this case , and now residing in Canada was not present in court. The lawyer for him , informed court that he is sick, through a medical report.
Landage Ayomi Punya Kanthi Galapathy the sister in law of Basil Rajapakse the third accused , is now abroad , and she is to be arrested.
The FCID informed court that the necessary advice of the AG has still not been received . Consequently the case was postponed until 30 th November.
This fraud took place when Basil was the economic development minister. The purchase was made out of monies withdrawn from the joint account of a private bank in Narahenpita of his sister in law and brother in law . This deal was transacted out of funds received into this account from Eagle group Associated , Singapore and World diamond , Hong Kong .
The payment was made to a German national Herbert Keller the owner of the land. The case was filed against these culprits who are ‘in- laws’ for breaking the laws of the country under the money laundering Act since the mode of receipt of monies was most suspicious and questionable.
Kumarasiri Hettige a former parliamentary affairs secretary to deposed ex president Mahinda Rajapakse , Aruna Gunaratne Southern Provincial council (PC) member and a group of PC politicos were present in court to assist Basil.
Jayantha Weerasinghe PC and lawyer Wijesiri Ambawatte appeared on behalf of Basil.
by (2017-05-29 01:30:09)
by (2017-05-29 01:30:09)