On a court directive
Vehicles recovered from North handed over to owners

Colombo Additional Magistrate Kumari Abeyratne ordered several vehicles valued at Rs. 159 million which disappeared while transporting essential goods to the North and were later recovered by the army, to be handed over to their respective owners.

The CID said there had been an agreement between plaintiff Sanjeewa Gunatileke, who operated a transport entity in Kochchikade, to provide vehicles to Aravinda Pillai Kadireshan who was supplying essential goods to the North, and had since gone missing.

Several vehicles which had gone beyond Omanthai had not returned, the prosecution told court.

During the operations to liberate the North from the crutches of the LTTE, the army recovered four vehicles which were handed over to the plaintiff on a Court order subject to a cash bond of Rs.100,000.

Attorney-at-Law Kelum Ubeysekara appearing for the plaintiff gave a pledge to reimburse the cost incurred by the Army in transporting the vehicles. Furthermore, he thanked Gen. Sarath Fonseka (retd.) the former Army Commander and the SL Army for paving the way to recover the vehicles.

The case will be taken up again on July 23, 2010.

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