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Friday, 09 May 2014 - 19:33
Colombo Fort magistrate writes to speaker on Elephant issue.
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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage informed the Speaker of parliament today that statements made by certain parliamentarians with reference to him keeping an unregistered elephant were false.

In his letter to the Speaker, the Colombo Fort Magistrate stated that the said statements have caused prejudices and a great mental pain to him as a responsible judiciary officer.

Subject minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soyza expressed his views during the adjourning debate on protecting wild elephants and wildlife in the country.

As the minister summed up his speech, UNP MP P. Harison exposed certain persons who have illegally held wild elephants in captive.

However, Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage stated in his letter to the Speaker that the elephant in his possession had been registered with the Wildlife Department under the name Disanayake Bandage Chandrarathna Yatawara of No. 409 Ovitigama, Meegoda.

He also informed the Speaker that he had purchased the elephant after verifying the authenticity of its license No.334 with the Wildlife Department documents.

Magistrate Gamage further stated that he sought Wildlife Department approval to transfer the license to his name and the Department has already endorsed his request.

Therefore references made to him were proved baseless and the Magistrate had requested the Speaker to take action to correct false statements and delete them from the Parliament Hansard.
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