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Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 11:39
Update: No sufficient evidence to file action against Gotabhaya in connection with floating armoury
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According to the investigations carried out in connection with the floating armory found on January 18th, the Attorney General has informed Court that there is no sufficient evidence to take legal action against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

When the case was taken for hearing before Galle Chief Magistrate Nilupuili Lankapura today, the CID has informed the matter to the court on behalf of the Attorney General.

The Attorney General’s report pointed out that according to the investigations carried out under Acts of Prevention of Terrorism and Fire arms and explosives, there are no sufficient evidence to file a lawsuit against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

However, the CID has informed the Court that investigations would be carried out further under the money laundering Act.

At that point, the Magistrate has ordered the CID to submit the last report along with a list of names of the suspects before October 22nd, if legal actions are to be taken under money laundering Act.

Meanwhile, the travel ban that had been issued by Galle Magistrate on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was lifted today.

The CID requested the Magistrate on March 9th, to prevent Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from leaving the country, as his absence could affect the then on-going investigation on the floating armory which was discovered at the Galle port on January 18th.



Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 19:08
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Overseas Travel Ban on Gotabaya Lifted

The travel ban issued by the Galle Magistrate on former Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was lifted today.

The court issued this travel ban on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at a request by the CID on March 9 of this year.

The CID requested the Magistrate to prevent Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from leaving the country, as his absence could affect the then on-going investigations to the floating armory that was found at the Galle port on January 18th.

The CID investigated the charges under the Acts of Explosives, firearms and Prevention of Terrorism.

When the case was taken for hearing today, the travel ban on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was lifted after the CID informed the facts to the court according to the report of the Attorney General.

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