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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 12:52
Video : The trial of the case against former Chief Justice is fixed for May 12th
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The trial of the case against former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake for not declaring her bank assets was fixed for the 12th of May this year.

Colombo Chief  Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya told the Court today that the trial will be begun after charges are read out of the case filed by the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption.

Our Court correspondent said that International law counselors and legal officers attached to foreign embassies were present at the Court today to observe the trial.

Former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake accompanied by a team of lawyers led by President Counselor Naleen Ladduwahetti appeared in Court today.

President Counselor Ladduwahetti said that the case had been fixed for trial on the 14th of last November and he raised objections for putting off the case for today on the request by the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption.

Appearing for the Attorney General State Counselor  Dilan Rathnayake said that the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption requested to postpone the case due to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

President Counselor Naleen Ladduwahetti said that although the Court ordered to hand over the documents with regard to the bank accounts, it was unable to obtain them as the case was postponed.

Later State Counselor proposed the respondent party to backdate the receipt of the bank documents to the 14th of November.

At that point,  President Counselor Ladduwahetti raised objections to the State Counselor’s proposal but agreed to record as that the documents are received today.

Accordingly the respondent party received a bank account document of 35 pages.

The Judge also said in open court that the respondent party was not affected whatsoever due to the postponement of the case.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka also appeared for the former Chief Justice, and its President Attorney-at-law Upul Jayasuriya also present in Court today.

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