CA extends interim order against FCID, CID

Attempt to arrest Gotabhaya


By Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday extended, till February 15, 2018, an interim order restraining the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and the CID from arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who has complained to the court that the FCID conducted an unfair investigation against him pertaining to the Construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa memorial at Medamulana.

Rajapaksa has said that he fears an arbitrary arrest.

At the outset Romesh de Silva P.C., who appeared for petitioner Rajapaksa in the Court of Appeal, in his submission, said that it was purely a civil transaction. There was no criminal element in the issue, he maintained

If at all, if any money was due, it had to be recovered in a civil court. The B-report filed in the Magistrate’s Court did not show any offence, conspiracy and breach of trust. The petitioner requests the Court of Appeal, to prohibit any undue arrest of the petitioner.

Romesh de Silva P.C., appeared with Sugath Caldera for Rajapaksa.

The petitioner Rajapaksa has said in his writ application in the Court of Appeal, that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division made unfair allegation against him, in respect of the Construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Institution at Weeraketiya.

The construction was done in keeping with a lawful agreement with the Land Reclamation Corporation.

The bench comprised Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena (President of the Court of Appeal) and Justice Shiran Gunaratne.


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