HC refuses Dhanuna’s requests

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By Lakmal Sooriyagoda
The Colombo High Court yesterday refused the two requests made by Dhanuna Tillekaratne — to remove his travel ban and to allow him to access his assets which were confiscated in the HiCorp case.

High Court Judge Devika de Livera TennakooDM_20150624_A001-10n made this order sequent to a request made by Mr. Tillekaratne through his lawyers.
Filing a motion in Court, counsel Asela Rekawa and Sajitha Jayawardena said they were submitting two requests on behalf of Mr. Tillekaratne who had been named as the first accused in the HiCorp case.

Mr. Rekawa said the Court had stopped his client from leaving the country and requested that his travel ban be lifted. He said the Magistrate’s Court had also ordered that his client’s assets be confiscated and requested that the Magistrate be directed to release those assets to Mr. Tillekaratne.

The Counsel said even though his client was not physically present in Court for five years, his appearance was ensured through the lawyers throughout the trial.

Meanwhile, Senior State Counsel Madhawa Tennakoon appearing for the Attorney General raised objections and said the accused was a person who evaded Court for five years. He said seven bank accounts belonging to the accused had been confiscated on an order of the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court on June 20, 2010, after keeping them under the custody of the subject Minister.

The State Counsel said the accused should have made a request from the Minister to release his assets within an year after they were confiscated by Court.

Considering the facts, the High Court Judge turned down the requests and fixed further hearing on July 24.

In this case Danuna Tillekaratne is charged under the Public Property Act for defrauding public funds through the HiCorp Private Company Ltd., by submitting forged documents to the Sri Lanka Army for supplies to the Defence Ministry in 2007-2008. He had convinced the Sri Lanka Army to deposit the money into his account while acting as an agent of the British Borneo Defence Company in Australia.