Oct 12, Colombo: The Attorney General yesterday raised strong objections to the request made by the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila seeking court's permission to travel abroad.
MP Gammanpila, who was arrested and charged of defrauding an Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, and later released on bail, has sought court's permission to travel abroad.
When the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe on Tuesday, the counsel representing MP Gammanpila requested the court to grant permission for his client to travel to Italy from October 17 to November 4 to attend a function.
Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake appearing for Attorney General said the state opposes granting MP Gammanpila's request to go overseas at this moment since court has not concluded recording evidence from Australian businessman, the key witness in this case.
The Judge pointed out that cross examination of the witness should be expedited and ordered the application to be taken into consideration on the 17th.
The court recorded evidence by the complainant Australian Brian Shaddick yesterday. Further cross-examination was postponed until the 17th.
The Police Special Investigations Unit arrested Gammanpila in June 2016 following a complaint made by the Australian national.
It has been alleged that Gammanpila used a forged power-of-attorney to sell Rs.110 million worth of Pan Asia Bank shares held by one of the companies of the Australian national while being a Director of this company. The MP is also accused of selling billions worth of property, including a tea factory belonging to the foreigner.