Jan 03, Colombo: The Special High Court has postponed the case filed by the Attorney General against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others on the misuse of state funds to build a museum until January 11.
The Attorney General had filed charges against seven defendants including former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, accusing him of misappropriating state funds amounting to 33.9 million rupees when constructing the DA Rajapaksa Commemorative Museum in Weeraketiya Medamulana during the last government.
The case was called before the three-judge bench of justices Sampath Abeykoon (Chairman), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratna.
Attorney-at-Law Ali Sabry, appearing on behalf of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, informed the Court that he had not yet received any documents that had been required for the formation of the defense in this case from the prosecution.
The bench ordered the prosecution to provide the required documents promptly to the defendant and ordered to take up the case on the 11th to check whether the documents were properly received.
When the case was taken up today, Rajapaksa was not present at the court and his lawyer informed the court that his client had gone overseas with the permission granted by the court. The lawyer also informed that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will appear before the court at the next court day.
In addition to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the other respondents in the case are former Chairman of the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Prasad Harshana de Silva and members of the Board of Directors Bhadrawati Kamaladasa, Sudhammika Attygalle, Saman Kumara Galappathi, D. Mendis Saliya and Mallika Kumari Senadheera.
The seven accused had been charged under Section 5(1) of the Public Property Act and Section 388 of the Penal Code, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Public Property Act.