This morning, Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala refused bail for five suspects including former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and further remanded them until February 25th.
The FCID informed Court today that prison officers have found a mobile phone hidden in another cell adjacent to the one in which the suspects are being detained.
FCID sought Court permission to inspect the mobile phone which was later carried out by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team. A report was submitted.
In addition to Yoshitha Rajapaksa, former president Rajapaksa’s media spokesman and CSN head of channels Rohan Weliwita, CEO Nishantha Ranatunga, directors Kavishan Dissanayake and Ashan Fernando are the other suspects.
The main charges levelled against the suspects are abusing state property for the promotion of CSN and undeclared finances used to launch CSN.
Meanwhile it was disclosed in Court today that two private financial firms have also been named as respondents in the Case against Yoshitha Rajapaksa and other suspects.
Appearing for the financial firms, President Counsel Riyency Arsakularatna told Court today that his client received the notice yesterday. He also said CSN has obtained a loan from his client and that has an outstanding balance of 22 million rupees owing to his client.
The President Counsel further said, his client is puzzled as to why it has been named a respondent in this Case.
At that juncture, Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige who appeared for the FCID stated that the reason behind naming the particular financial institution as the respondent will be explained in due course.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and several MPs who represent the Joint Opposition were present in Court today.