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The CID today informed Court that details pertaining to 44 vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat were not recorded in the documents at the presidential secretariat.


 The CID, which is investigating the missing vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat informed Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage and said following Court action initiated soon after the presidential election detectives were able to recover seven other vehicles for which the former Presidential Secretariat Transport Director was accountable.


The CID said it was unable to find any document in respect of 44 vehicles because they were not listed in the inventory.


 Meanwhile, former Presidential Secretariat Transport Director Keerthi S. Dissanayake who was arrested in connection with three missing vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat was yesterday remanded till February 25 by Magistrate Thilina Gamage.


The CID alleged that the suspect had served as the transport director at the presidential secretariat from 2008 to January 9, 2015 and had to account for three vehicles including a bulletproof Benz car, a kyron jeep and a motorcycle which had gone missing.


The CID said the suspect had failed to take necessary action regarding a report issued by an accountant in December 2010 where he was asked to take action regarding eight missing vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat.


 Meanwhile, President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa appearing for the suspect said there was no evidence to prove that his client had misappropriated the vehicles.


 “He cannot be charged under criminal misappropriation because he has no criminal responsibility,” the defence counsel said.


However, the Magistrate observed that the suspect had allegedly allowed others to misappropriate the vehicles and thereby he too was accountable for misappropriation even though not directly involved. The suspect was remanded till February 25 and the CID was directed to file a report on that date.  (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • OMG Thursday, 19 February 2015 04:22 AM

    To Defence Counsel, Have you heard of a concept called ACCOUNTABILITY?

    kumaraya Thursday, 19 February 2015 05:55 AM

    So what?! o many charges against MR but no action!! As Weerawansa saidd at Nugegoda, My3 and company have only talked of corruption but no action. Obviously, none can be brought against them. MR and co. will pounce on this.

    Cobra Thursday, 19 February 2015 06:11 AM

    The docs are probably with the new owners!!!

    Don Thursday, 19 February 2015 06:52 AM

    If the 44 vehicles are not listed in the inventory, how do some one say that those vehicles were belonged to the Presidential Secretariat? Anyone can make a list of not only 44 vehicle but of 444 and say that those were belonged to some ministry or the other, but what is the evidence to prove to whom those belonged to or whether those even existed? This also looks like another mud slinging campaign as usual.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:19 PM

    Yes, that is why we are all eagerly waiting to see as to when he will be in the docks actually.

    inoka Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:34 AM

    The former president is answerable to this.

    Bala Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:28 AM

    The Director was not qualified for the post - he is a relation of MR who was a minor employee before.

    lawry Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:09 PM

    The registrar of motor vehicles should have the computerised records. If no transfer is seen hold the transport man responsible. After all he took a salary.

    Idea Thursday, 19 February 2015 09:33 AM

    Make and Executive order - Cancelled all old Ownership if any - Auction the Vehicle use the Funds for Development and give New Owner ship

    Senator Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:28 PM

    What documents when there are no vehicles?


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