Written by Lahiru Fernando
15 Jun, 2015 | 9:33 pm
Former minister Basil Rajapaksa has been granted bail by the Colombo High Court.
He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 100,000 and a surety of Rs. 1 million. An order was also issued to impound the passport of the former minister.
Rajapaksa and three other officials were arrested April 22 on charges of alleged financial irregularities said to have taken place at the Divi Neguma Development Department. The three remaining suspects were also released under the same bail conditions. The judge also ordered that two of the sureties should be two close relatives of the suspects.
After taking into consideration the bail application filed by former minister Basil Rajapaksa, Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojani Weerawardene ordered that he be released on strict bail conditions.
Meanwhile, the court ordered that the three other officials, including the former secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Nihal Jayathileka be released on the same bail conditions. The Colombo High Court also ordered that the suspects appear before the Cinnamon Gardens Police on the last Friday of every month.
Speaking to the media, attorney-at-law U.R. de Silva stated that it was noted by the lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioners that at the time of the rejection of bail conditions by the magistrate, all investigations into the charges were completed and that no suspect had directly benefited from the finances.
He also noted that the high court judge was urged to reverse the decision taken by the magistrate to not grant bail as all facts were not taken into consideration. He added that it was .ubmitted to court by the state counsel that the facts presented by the defense were correct.
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