Judges tell defence to file ‘Cader case’ order

White Flag Trial-at-BarJayantha de Silva

The Trial-at-bar Judges, in the ‘White Flag Case’, yesterday directed the defense to file the order in the Abdul Cader case, where Cader was acquitted on Tuesday (Nov. 30) due to non-availability of original documentary evidence in relation to misappropriation of 690 bags of rice valued at Rs. 1 million.

When the case was taken up before the Trial-at-bar, the Defense Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty pointed out that similar to the Abdul Cader case, the White flag case too didn’t have the original evidence. Therefore, the evidence couldn’t be led on the edited copies of the video recordings.

Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratne Bandara, leading evidence, submitted on Monday that the Attorney General’s Department would cooperate to have CDs containing a speech Gen. Sarath Fonseka was said to have made, at a presidential election rally in Ratnapura on Dec. 23, analyzed by the Government Analyst or any other expert. The CDs belong to Derana TV.

The DSG was replying to objections raised by Defence Counsel Nalin Laduwahetty, who submitted that under the Evidence Special Provisions Act, a section of the CD was not admissible as evidence because its contents could be altered.

The case was postponed to Dec 8, due to aTrial-at-bar Judge, M. Z. Razeem, being ill.

Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickremasinghe on Monday acquitted deputy minister Cader and two other suspects from all charges over an alleged misappropriation of Samurdhi Funds, as the original documents regarding the case couldn’t be found.

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