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First special high court commenced

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By ITN News Editor August 21, 2018 19:16

First special high court commenced

The very first special high court commenced, today. The special high court is dedicated to hear cases pertaining to serious financial crimes and frauds.

The new special high court commenced under the patronage of Minister of Justice, Thalatha Athukorale. The court was officially assigned to the Judicial Services Commission by the Ministry of Justice and, hereafter it will be subjected to the realm of the Chief Justice. The judicature amendment act to set up a special high court to hear cases relating to serious financial crimes and frauds was passed in parliament on the 9th of May.

The speaker endorsed the ratification on the 18th of May. High court judges Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne will be the three member bench of the first special high court. According to Minister Thalatha Athukorale, the newly set up court will be the special high court number one. The new court is empowered to hear offences coming under the penal code.

Accordingly, the special high court will take up cases relating to bribery and corruption, financial crimes, money laundering, financing terrorism, organized crimes and misappropriation of public property.  Investigations conducted by the authorities have unspooled a complete range of corrupt cases connected with the previous Rajapakse regime.

Gotabhaya Rajapakse who happened to be the Defence Secretary of the previous regime has been accused for corrupt deals including MIG aircraft purchasing, D A Rajapakse museum construction and Avant Garde floating armoury. Former Minister Basil Rajapakse has also been charged over the misuse of public funds of the Divi Neguma program.

Basil Rajapakse’s wife, Pushpa Rajapakse is accused for obtaining money from a Chinese Company illegally. Former President’s Chief of Staff and former Managing Director of the Insurance Corporation are also alleged for misappropriating more than 4 billion rupees of the public coffers.

Accordingly, the first case connected with the financial crimes will be taken up against former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s chief of staff Gamini Senarath and four others on the 24th of this month before the newly set up special court. Notices have been issued to Gamini Senarath, former Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Piyadasa Kudabalage, former Samurdhi Commissioner Neel Bandara Hapuhinna and Lasantha Bandara to appear before the special high court on the 24th .

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 21, 2018 19:16