Namal’s money laundering case on 8 December

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Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe, on 14 September, fixed further hearing of the case against SLPP MP Namal Rajapaksa and four others, for 8 December.

Rajapaksa and four others have been charged, by the Attorney General, with investing an unlawfully accrued sum of Rs 30 million in a private firm, Gowers Corporate, whilst Rajapaksa was functioning as an MP from 1 October 2013 to 31 August 2014 and for flouting Provisions contained in the Offences against the Money Laundering Act.

Judge Marasinghe instructed witnesses to be present in Court at the next hearing.

Counsel appearing for the third accused, Sujani Bogollagama, sought approval from Court, for his client to visit Bangladesh from 20 to 25 September.

The Judge said that he has not impounded the passports of any of the accused to date, but maintained that if any of them intend to leave for overseas, then it should be duly conveyed to Court.

Accordingly the Court granted approval for the third accused to leave the country as sought by her.

By Hansi Nanayakkara