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Australian businessman Brian Shaddick is to fly to Colombo to attend court proceedings in the case in which opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila is charged with the sale by fraudulent means 4.1 million Pan Asia Bank shares valued at Rs.110 million belonging to Mr. Shaddick.

Mr. Gammanpila was arrested by the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on charges of having used a fraudulent a Power of Attorney said to have been issued by Mr. Shaddick to sell the shares held by the Australia Lanka Holdings Company headed by the Australian businessman at a time when Mr. Gammanpila was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

Brian Shaddick joined a media conference held yesterday at the Colombo National Library Auditorium via Skype.

The media conference was organized by Lasitha Perera who holds Mr. Shaddick's the Power of Attorney in Sri Lanka.

He told the media that though he had made every effort to take legal action against Mr. Gammanpila had failed because of Mr. Gammanpila's political support.

Mr. Shaddick alleged that he was threatened by a son of Sydney Jayasinghe, who was a Joint Managing Director of Australia Lanka Holdings Company.

Sydney Jayasinghe was also remanded along with Mr. Gammanpila in connection with this case.

Mr. Shaddick said he left the country in the wake of death threats and decided to take legal action against Mr. Jayasinghe and Mr. Gammanpila.

While denying claims of a political revenge, Mr. Shaddick said Sri Lankan politics has nothing to do with his personal matters.

He reiterated that he was not influenced by any government politician when it came to taking legal action against Mr. Gammanpila.

“He should be ashamed for what he has done, using a fraudulent Power of Attorney on my behalf. I never gave him the authority to intervene in my legal powers,” Mr. Shaddick alleged.

His wife, Elizabeth Janet Shaddick also spoke.

“The only thing about politics in this matter is the free and fair atmosphere where anyone can seek justice in Sri Lanka which has been created by the current government. We are thankful to it,” Ms. Shaddick said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Perera said there were two more cases which were being investigated by the SIU on complaints lodged by him against Mr. Gammanpila.

He said they were hopeful that the two other cases would also be taken up for prosecution once the investigations are concluded.  (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Sri Wickrama Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:02 AM

    This white clad patriotic will have to face the music. Pity, he will be unmasked.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:13 AM

    Authorities must handle carefully without any favor or political pressure or revenge because It will be created confidence and trust in Investor's mind.

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:44 AM

    Political hand may have or may not have moved Shaddick. But that is irrelevant. What matters is the truth of what happened. That has not been denied.

    waruna Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:24 AM

    How come there was no case filed against Gammanpila when this happened 19 years ago? Just because someone threatens you would not file a case if there is Rs.110 million due ....

    bela Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:40 AM

    Free trip and free 5 star accommodation and free travel around the country. Thanks to all tax payers of SL

    Lankan007 Monday, 20 June 2016 05:39 PM

    Will collect 100 rupees on behalf of gammanpila...

    C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 20 June 2016 05:40 PM

    Heard the purity of the head of the Pure Hela Urumaya?

    Maya Monday, 20 June 2016 05:41 PM

    It seems like he entered politics and sided with MR to cover his past deeds. Where is Werawanse and what he got to say now ?

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 20 June 2016 05:59 PM

    Ha, haaaa. Last nail of the coffin going to be planted. End of gammanpila.

    Citizen Silva Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:17 PM

    If Gamma has done wrong he should be dealt with as per the law but please no selective justice. Thanks

    Wesko Monday, 20 June 2016 06:15 PM

    What political revenge .? The True Story is out ..

    malij Monday, 20 June 2016 06:41 PM

    Pivithuru...........?

    Perera Monday, 20 June 2016 06:57 PM

    Baduma thamayi.

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 20 June 2016 06:59 PM

    Ha , haaa. Great news. Now we can see what will happen.

    Ponil Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:50 PM

    තවත් වකුටුව නිදසිටිය නොහැක.දැන් නැගිටිමු අසාධරණ පාලකන්ගේ අමන පලිගැනීම් හමුවේ තවත් එඩි ගෙන නැගිටිමු

    Ashok Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:53 PM

    Palathuru Ela Party.... Well Done!

    Sri lankan Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:55 PM

    Now the joint opposition will fire out " its premeditated" and a politcal conspiracy to silence the opposition.BOOO

    vithura Monday, 20 June 2016 08:07 PM

    The case should not be allowed to drag on, swift justice should be meted out to the two culprits.

    Jona Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:59 PM

    Waruna, are you so dumb? During the past 19 Years no body could voice up their grievances. If the guy proceeded with the case 19 years ago then he would have been dead

    Sharon Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:59 PM

    Correct. Why only Gamma.

    Sharon Tuesday, 21 June 2016 02:00 PM

    We are more worried about our money than your money which was robbed by Mahendran...

    nanda Tuesday, 21 June 2016 02:09 PM

    One party is wrong for sure. This has to be investigated and finished asap. Looks that there is political pressure to find fault with one party.

    Dumbo Tuesday, 21 June 2016 02:28 PM

    The costs are recovered when the sentence is passed

    jayasiri Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:59 AM

    The man had paid commission to Gammanpila acting on behalf of this man. Now he says he did not give power of attorney to Gammanpila. Gammanpila has receipts and all relevant documents with him. But right now he cannot find them because it happened a long time ago. So, in this case, the timing of the charges are ridiculous.


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