Judge wants Supreme Court order in respect of Tiran Alles clarified

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Colombo High Court yesterday gave parties time till Oct. 6, 2016 to go to the Supreme Court and get an interpretation of the SC Order dated Sept. 15, 2015, whereby, the highest Court said that the status quo regarding Tiran Alles should remain and he should not be arrested till the final determination of the fundamental rights violation petition, filed by him in the Court.

The Attorney General yesterday requested High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardene to serve the indictment on Alles, Emil Kanthan and Saliya Wickramasuriya.

The Attorney General has indicted them on an allegation of unduly funding the LTTE with money provided to the RADA institute to build houses for the tsunami displaced persons in the North.

 President’s counsel Anil Silva, and Nalin Laduwahetty, who appeared for the accused took up the preliminary objection that while the Supreme Court said that status should remain as at Sept. 15, 2015 Alles could not be served indictment.

Alles is the first accused and consequently the High Court proceedings could not go on against the other two persons as well.

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, President’ Counsel said the Supreme Court had only restrained the Special Investigation Unit from arresting Alles. The Supreme Court did not restrain criminal proceedings against Alles, who had already made statements on three occasions, subsequent to Sept. 15, 2015. If there had been any doubt they should have objected then.

The Bench Comprised Colombo High Court Judge Kusuala Sarojini Weerawardene.



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