SC instructs AG to revise indictments against Gota

The Supreme Court has told the Attorney General that it is essential that the indictments against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa be revised if they are in a state of being revised.

The Attorney General had filed indictments with the Permanent High Court-at-Bar against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accusing him of misusing state funds when constructing the D.A. Rajapakse museum in Hambantota.

An appeal which was filed with the Supreme Court by the former Defense Secretary’s’ attorneys’ seeking to amend the indictments against their client was taken up today (18).

The appeal was heard by the bench consisting of Justices Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, Vijith Malalgoda and L.T.B. Dehideniya.

President’s Counsel, Ali Shabry who appeared on behalf of Rajapaksa today told the court that two of conspiracy charges are in the indictment filed against his client and that it is against the law.

Hence, Justice Sisira de Abrew told Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana, who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General, that it is apt to revise the indictment filed with the Special High Court, if necessary.

Justice Sisira de Abrew pointed out that the defendant of a case should have a comprehensive understanding of the charges laid against him.

The five-judge bench subsequently moved considering the appeal to November 9th and ordered the prosecution and the defence to present submissions in this regard on that day.