Basil, Nadesan case decision on 3 June

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Gampaha High Court Judge Nimal Ranaweeera said on Friday (13) that his decision on whether to further maintain the case filed against former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and businessman Thiru Nadesan, or not will be announced on 3 June.

Rajapaksa and Nadesan have been indicted before the Gampaha HC, by the AG on charges of purchasing a 16-acre land situated at Dompe, Malwana, Mapitigama, to construct a palatial house equipped with a swimming pool, while maintaining a farmhouse, having misappropriated State funds. The lawyers for the first accused, former Finance Minister, informed the Court, that their client will not be appearing in Court, due to the current volatile political situation here.The Counsels for the second accused Nadesan stated that their client had returned to the country from overseas to attend the trial, but due to a sudden illness he had not been able to be present. State Counsel Krisanka Fernando prosecuted. Accordingly, taking the submissions into consideration, HC Judge Ranaweera, stated that his decision on the trial proceedings will be delivered on the said date. The Counsels for both accused, then consented to produce their clients in Court, at the next hearing. 

BY Tony K. Athukorala (Minuwangoda)