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* Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others acquitted from the Divi Neguma case
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 11:06 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 30, Colombo: The Colombo High Court Monday ordered the acquittal and release of four suspects, including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who were accused of misusing government funds.

Former minister Basil Rajapaksa and four others were charged of misappropriating government funds during the 2015 presidential election by spending over Rs. 2992 million from the Divi Neguma Development Department and providing housing assistance to Divi Neguma beneficiaries.

Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe announced the court’s decision today.

Former Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development Dr. Nihal Jayathilake, former Director General of the Divi Neguma Development Department Kithsiri Ranawaka and former Deputy Director General of the Department Bandula Thilakasiri were also acquitted and released.


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