Basil and three others granted bail / DV Upul released on bail

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They were produced before Colombo High Court Judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena on charges of having misappropriated funds at the Divineguma Department.
She  made this order sequent to the revision applications filled by former economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa, former ministry secretary Nihal Jayatilaka, former divineguma funds director general Kithsiri Ranawaka and divineguma regional director Bandula Tillakasiri.
At the hearing of the revision applications, Senior State Counsel Thusitha Mudalige, who appeared for the Attorney General did not object to the granting of bail.
Each of the four suspects were released on a cash bail of Rs.100,000 with four sureties of Rs.1 million each.  The Judge ordered that the details of the suspects’ permanent addresses be given to the Magistrate’s Court and ordered that the addresses should not be changed without informing court.dfh
The suspects were ordered to refrain from interfering with the witnesses, barred from leaving the country and asked to report to the Cinnamon  Gardens Police on the last Sunday of each month.
The revision applications sought an order against the Kaduwela Magistrate’s refusal to grant them bail for about two months saying there were no justifiable reasons for doing so.
Considering the revision applications, the Judge observed that the Magistrate’s order to refuse bail contained several errors. She observed that there was no evidence to prove that the suspects would abscond court if released on bail nor was there any evidence to prove that they would interfere with witnesses in the case. The Judge further observed that the AG was also of the opinion that there was no evidence to prove that the suspects had directly gained financial benefits from the alleged transaction.  
However, the Judge observed that the suspects could be charged for misappropriation and they were severely warned to adhere to the bail conditions. The order of this revision applications will be forwarded to the Kaduwela Magistrate. President’s counsel Jayantha Weerasekara appeared for the former minister.     


DV Upul released on bail


Mr. Upul was arrested by the CID on charges of having at a public gathering on May 31 threatened that under a Mahinda Rajapaksa regime he would stone to death the officers attached to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).
The CID informed court that they had recorded the statements of the Lankadeepa journalist and news editor who said a CD containing the vitriolic speech had been sent to their office.ghk
The CID said the news was first published in the U-Tube and in Lanka News Websites. The CID said there had been several responses to this speech by Mr. Upul in several websites and  that detectives were investigating whether there were any signs of a public uprising.
The CID said it was investigating how a different date of birth had been entered in an additional identity card issued to Mr. Upul.
Counsel Razick Zarook PC appearing with Rohana Deshapriya, Nipuna Gunasena and Chanakya Liyanage for Mr. Upul said even though an incorrect date of birth was entered in the second identity card his client had submitted the original birth certificate to the Department.
The Counsel said the offence allegedly committed by the suspect was compoundable by the Commissioner of Registration of Persons.
 He said from the inception of the investigations the suspect had cooperated with the CID and as such requested that he be released on bail.
The case was postponed for July 23.