Special HC postponed trial against Gota for Dec 8

The special trial-at-bar at the Colombo High Court yesterday once again postponed the trial against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others for December 8 on observing that the prosecution had still not tendered some of the documents on the case to the defence.

The three special Trial-at-bar judges Sampath Abeykoon
(President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratna postponed the trial for December 8 after being observing that the defence had not received some of the documents relating to the case from the prosecution.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Land Reclamation and Development authority’s Chairman Prasad Harshana de Silva, Badrawathie Udulawathie Kamaladasa, Suddammika Keminda Attygalle, Saman Kumara Abraham Galapaththy, Dewage Mahinda Saliya and Srimathi Mallika were indicted for misappropriated of Rs.48 million of funds belonging to the Authority in building the D.A. Rajapaksa memorial and the museum at Weeraketiya in Medamulana.

The AG alleged that Cabinet approval had not been taken by the accused in constructing the memorial.

The accused were in presently on a cash bail of Rs.100,000 with two sureties for Rs.1 million each. The accused were also restrained from travelling abroad. (T. Farook Thajudeen)