Case against Gammanpila: Court Issues Notice on Three Australians
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo High Court Judge Amal Ranaraja yesterday issued notice on three Australian nationals, including special witness Rose Smith, to testify in the case filed against Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila, on 3 September.
The Minister has been charged in the High Court with having misappropriated a sum of Rs 20 million, by selling shares of a firm owned by Australian businessman Bryan Shaddick, after having compiled a forged power of attorney. The Court also ordered its Registrar to send the notices to the three Australian witnesses through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Judge Ranaraja gave this order having perused submissions made to him by Senior State Counsel Yohan Abeywickrema on behalf of the prosecution. Shavendra Fernando PC appearing for the accused Minister stated that the special witness, Smith, had worked as an employee of the firm owned by the plaintiff and noted that her testimony could prove to be vital for the case.