President, PM noticed to give evidence in HC

Tissa Attanayake forgery case:

By Chitra Weerarathne

Colombo High Court Judge Vikum Karunarachchi yesterday issued notice on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena to be present in court on July 17 to testify as witnesses in the trial against Tissa Attanayake, the former General Secretary of the UNP.

Attanayake and two others have been indicted on forging documents with the signatures of Sirisena and Wickremesinghe thereon in the run-up to the last presidential election.

The trial will continue daily from July 17 to 28.

General Secretary of the UNP Kabeer Hashim and several others present in court were also directed to testify at the hearing on July 17.

President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa told the court that Attanayake would file a motion seeking permission to go overseas to visit his daughter.

Additional Solicitor General Vasantha Navarathne Bandara appeared with Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama for the Attorney General.

Kalinga Indatissa, P.C. appeared with Kanchana Ratwatte and Niroshan Siriwardene for the accused.

The President and the Prime Minister had written to the court that they were unable to come yesterday to testify in view of officila duties.

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