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Friday, 16 October 2015 - 19:42
Mahinda Rajapakse likely to go to Appeal Court against the Special Presidential Commission on Massive Fraud and Corruption
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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that his lawyers are exploring the possibility whether he has rights to seek the assistance of Appeals Court and challenge the rights of the current president for his authority to appoint High Court Judges to the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption.

The primary objections filed by the Rajapaksa faction to the Commission were rejected today.

A group of respondents including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa reported to the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption yesterday.

They were present to make statements with regard to the non-payment of 200 million rupees to the Independent Television Network for using its airtime to advertise Rajapaksa propaganda during the last Presidential election.

Minister Susil Premajayantha and former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella were also called to the Commission to record statements.

During the Commission sessions yesterday, lawyers who appeared for Rajapaksa faction raised primary objections on two grounds.

They questioned whether any serving High Court Judge can be appointed as a member of this Special Presidential Commission and, Can President Maithreepala Sirisena, as party to this incident, have the authority to appoint members to the commission.

The Rajapaksa faction is expected to go the Appeal Court on these legal grounds.

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