Basil, Nadesan case deferred to 1 November

BY TONY K. ATHUKORALA- MINUWANGODA | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021
News Basil, Nadesan case deferred to 1 November

BY TONY K. ATHUKORALA- MINUWANGODA 

The witness, chartered architect Muditha Upali Jayakody, responding to cross examination by DSG Shanil Kularatne in the case filed against the accused, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and businessman Thiru Nadesan, before the Gampaha High Court (HC) on 14 October, stated that the signatures of Court productions which were initially seized by the FCID could be either his or someone else’s. 

The three indictments filed against Rajapaksa and Nadesan before Gampaha HC Judge Nimal Ranaweera on charges of misappropriation of State finances, based on provisions of the Money Laundering Act were taken up for hearing. The two accused have been charged with the purchase of a 16 acres land from Mapitigama, Malwana, Dompe before constructing a house, a swimming pool and maintaining a farm through the misappropriated State funds. The prosecution was represented by DSG Kularatne and State Counsel Oswald Perera and responding further to Kularatne’s cross examination the witness further stated; “I had previously given testimony in this trial. 

I accept that I gave testimony before the Pugoda Chief Magistrate five years ago. On 22 May 2015, the officers of the FCID raided my office before removing my documents. At the time of this raid I was not in my office and I was elsewhere. They took me to another room after I arrived. In addition to my office, they also inspected my house and my aunt’s house as well. They also looked in my drawers and cupboards scouring for documents. I was not of sound mind at the time. They forcibly took my signature for a few documents. 

The documents that were not signed by me they took them away. Hence, the signatures contained in documents that were seized by the FCID before later being introduced as Court productions could be either mine or someone else’s. I am not an expert to decipher signatures.” Following the end of cross examination by DSG Kularatne further questioning of the witness was carried out by Gamini Marapana PC.

Afterwards the statements given before the FCID was accepted as being false by the witness. First accused in the trial Rajapaksa was represented by a group of lawyers led by PCs Navin Marapana, Thilak Marapana and Attorneys Tissa Gunawardene and D.A.P. Weeraratne. Second accused Nadesan was represented by a group of lawyers led by Saliya Peiris PC. Further proceedings of the case were then deferred to 1 November.

BY TONY K. ATHUKORALA- MINUWANGODA | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021

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