Court to decide on compensation plea

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President’s Counsel Maithri Guneratne, yesterday (26), made a request to the Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe, seeking an order to Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), to pay compensation to Former Director of Customs, Ranjan Canagasabey, over the loss of reputation and waste of time experienced by his client, due to the lawsuit filed against his client by the CIABOC.

The CIABOC had filed a lawsuit, eight years ago, charging Canagasabey with failure to divulge his liabilities and assets from 2004-2007, but had later withdrawn the case.

Hence, the Magistrate, ordered the suspect to be acquitted from the charges filed against him and released from the trial.

The Bribery Commission had filed another case, similar to the one filed against the suspect and with the suspect being acquitted and released from that case previously, they sought to withdraw the case filed against the suspect.

Counsel Guneratne told the Court hat the case filed against his client had been heard for close upon 10 years and maintained that his client had been present on 58 occasions in Court, during its duration.

He added that due to the prosecution having filed spurious charges against his client, the latter’s public image had been tainted and therefore he urged Chief Magistrate Amerasinghe, to issue an order to CIABOC, to pay suitable compensation to his client.

Senior DSG, of the Attorney General’s Department, Azad Nawawi informed the Court, that the case against the suspect had not been filed at the behest of CIABOC.

He noted that it had been a case which had been filed having probed a complaint lodged with it by the Customs.

Hence, he insisted that there was no necessity for the prosecution to pay any compensation to the suspect.

Taking the submissions into consideration, the Court stated that a decision on it will be delivered on 26 June.

By Hansi Nanayakkara

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