The Special High Court Trial-at-Bar Bench fixed for February 11 to deliver its order on the preliminary objections by the defence in the case against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others. The charges are the misappropriating of Rs.49 million belonging to the LRDC to construct the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial at Medamulana.
The court made this decision at the end of the submissions by the defence and the prosecution.
At today’s hearing, Deputy Solicitor General Deleepa Pieris said it had the jurisdiction to hear the case against Mr. Rajapaksa and six others.
He said this while objecting to the preliminary objections raised by defense counsel Romesh Silva PC on behalf of Mr. Rajapaksa and that the Special HC had no jurisdiction to hear the case under the Judicature (Amendment) Act.
DSG Pieris said the Special HC was set up to hear cases of serious financial crimes committed by misusing public funds and the Bill was passed in Parliament after careful scrutiny.
He said the chief justice and the attorney general had carefully studied the case against the suspects before the suspects were indicted in the Special HC.
DSG Deleepa Pieris said if this court has no authority to hear this high-profile financial fraud committed by the accused then what sort of financial fraud could it hear.
The DSC stressed that the defence had no status to raise the objection over the jurisdiction of the court.
Earlier Mr. Rajapaksa’s Counsel, Romesh de Silva, said the Bill was proposed to establish the special high courts to try certain types of cases.
The Special High Court Trial-at-Bar Bench comprised of high court judges, Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratna and Champa Janaki Rajaratne. (Shehan Chamika Silva and Farook Thajudeen)
What so long. This is a special trial at bar. Why keep postponing. To me it all point to the village wedding ceremony in the south of Sri Lanka. Uncle Ranil hello!
Sofia Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:35 PM
Motto : Have money and power. Will defend to the last. Worst case delay and hope for the best till end this year when new Prez will come !!
Citizen Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:36 PM
Get the shrewdest of legal advice and delay......delay.... and DELAY. But be assured your family will not take power for many more years and you will have to pay for your Kamma.
Namal Perera Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:42 PM
Citizens should understand why Rajapakse family is misleading the Citizens of the Country spreading false propaganda and the 2 time President disgracing the Presidency and shamelessly entered the Parliament as a back bencher and then becoming the biggest Joker with the Back door Premier drama. Does this Family love the Country and the Citizens so much or to escape punishment for the atrocities committed during the former family Regime?
karthik Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:13 PM
Good beginning but the end will be a mystery.
hoodwinker Friday, 01 February 2019 05:22 AM
Scratching each others back will not take the country anywhere, At least complete all the high profile cases before any election without postponing that should be the rightful thing for a nation that had had a lots of patience to wait and wait
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