Remanded for misappropriating property of Hollywood actress

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A Sri Lankan who had allegedly misappropriated Rs.17.8 million from Sri Lankan properties belonging to popular Hollywood actress of X-Files fame Gillian Anderson, was remanded till January 4 by a Colombo Court. 

Making a complaint with CID, a British national complained that the suspect Anura Rathne Herath had been entrusted to administrate the American actress’ properties located in the Pasyala area and thereby committed this offence.

The complainant further alleged that the suspect had obtained Rs.17.8 million from another company affiliated to the concerned properties on service requirements.

Producing the suspect in court, the CID informed court that the investigations were conducted into an incident where the suspect had obtained Rs.6.8 million for the purpose of supplying electricity to the property. The CID further told court that investigations conducted so far had revealed that the suspect had also taken away a television valued at Rs.275,000 without the consent of the company.

Defence counsel Sudarshani Gunaratne appearing on behalf of the suspect denied the allegation levelled against her client and moved Court that the suspect be released on bail. Taking into consideration the fact that investigations were still proceeding, the magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered that the suspect be remanded till January 4.  (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  Comments - 17

  • WPAN Rukmal Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:18 AM

    Is Anura Rathne Herath also a extraterrestrial?

    Ceylonese Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:38 PM

    Why it's in Pasyala??!!

    Lal Perera Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:44 PM

    Whether its Rs. 178 or Rs. 17.8milion or Rs 17.8 Billion is not the issue. Also whether its a foreign or local investor is also not relevant. The SL Police and Judicial Courts should act properly and ensure that justice is not only done but it should also be seen to be done (as the famous saying goes!). SL should show the rest of the world that we respect Law & Order in this country! Then the Foreign Investments will flow into the country. I know that most foreign businessmen are shy to invest in in Sri Lanka. You can guess the reasons.

    Gamini Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:55 AM

    Why discriminate !

    All investors whether foreign or local should be protected.

    There are lots of local expats who invest in Srilanka more than foreigners.

    sena Friday, 30 December 2011 01:59 AM

    Sparks sorry, its not south culture ,It's the Sri lankan Tradition irrespective of your being a Tamil Sinhalese etc. Any thing belonging to anyone outside the country even if he is your brother or sister is property to be expropriated. Ask any Sri Lankan living abroad and he/she will agree.The other day we had someone in front of the Jaffna Government agent with her Death certificate which was used by her own family to transfer her property as she was now settled abroad.

    Engineer Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:52 AM

    Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank; Give a man a Bank, he can rob the world.

    Yuri Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:02 AM

    There is a good chance He will get death penalty to attract foreign investor.

    Kenny_G Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:58 AM

    Another X-file !!!

    sparks Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:47 AM

    Typical Southern Sri Lankan culture, though everybody thinks it happens rarely.

    maruyaka Wednesday, 28 December 2011 10:03 AM

    Another X FILE?

    Fox Mulder Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:44 AM

    I am coming to resolve this, SL thief Beware...

    roshan Thursday, 29 December 2011 03:29 AM

    17.8 is a peanut amount of thefat in Srilankan Standards.

    Ariya Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:06 AM

    How come a foreigner own land in Sri Lanka?!

    MOHAMED ASFAR Wednesday, 28 December 2011 10:57 AM

    foreign investors should be protected by the law. the people who cheat those investors must be punished to attract more investment which is the need of the hour.

    Xone Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:18 AM

    Prompt actions like this will lift the confidence of law & order of our country

    sajitha Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:23 AM

    and.... we want more foreighn investment!

    Muhandiram Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:41 AM

    May be the property was bought in the name of the Sri Lankan to avoid 100% tax on property purchased by
    foreigners and this guy is making her pay the price now!


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