Indictments served on Wimal

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By T. Farook Thajudeen   

The Colombo High Court yesterday served indictments on NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa for unlawful acquirement of wealth and assets, estimated over Rs.75 million within six years during his tenure office as Minister of Housing and Construction under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption indicted Mr. Weerawansa on 39 counts for amassing undeclared wealth and assets by unknown means from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2014.  

The Commission said that Weerawansa had unlawfully made 26 monetary transactions, constructed a house and had purchased lands and vehicles in contravention of section 23(a) of the Bribery Act.  The Commission contended that he had owned these properties through bribery.  

On July 28, 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed a writ petition filed by Weerawansa seeking an order to prevent the Bribery Commission from serving indictment against him in the High Court,   The Supreme Court had observed that there was no legal basis to issue notices on the respondents including the Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and dismissed the petition   

The Bribery Commission initiated an investigation against Weerawansa based on a complaint by Attorney-at-law Namal Rajapakse.  Further inquiry was postponed for February 19.