Yoshitha not allowed to stand surety for grand aunt

Published : 8:57 am  January 10, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (362) reads | 

By T. Farook Thajudeen.  
The Colombo Additional Magistrate yesterday dismissed Yoshita Rajapaksa’s request to stand surety for his grand aunt in a Rs.24 million money laundering case on the basis that the report filed in court by the FCID had also revealed his involvement in the crime.  

DM_20170110_A001-192President’s Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe appearing with Ganesh  Dharmawardena and a team of lawyers for Daisy Forest Wickramasinghe informed Additional Magistrate Buddika Sri Ragala that Ms. Wickramasinghe was 89 years old and ailing. He said he had informed the FCID through her instructing Attorney Ganesh Dharmawardena about her inability to report to the FCID in connection with the purchase of a Mount Lavinia property for Rs. 24 million by her.

  Mr. Weerasinghe said his client was earlier released on a Rs.500,000 bond and requested the Magistrate to release her under the same bond.  
FCID detectives appearing for the prosecution told the Magistrate that though they had requested her to report to the FCID on six occasions she had not done so. The FCID said the investigations were completed and that it would send the extracts to the Attorney General for his advice. They requested court to direct the suspect to make a statement to the FCID and said it would not object to the granting of bail to the suspect.