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Addl Solicitor -General Viraj Dayaratne Assures Appeal Court That Ex -Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Wont be Arrested by CID Over Weeraketiya DA Rajapaksa Memorial Construction Issue

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By Chitra Weerarathne

The Attorney General yesterday assured the court of appeal that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would not be arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the construction of D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at Weeraketiya.

The assurance was given by Additional Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne.

The court was told that the CID would abide by the interim ruling given on April 5, 2018 that prevented Rajapaksa’s arrest.

Dayaratne further assured that the CID would not make further representation to court seeking Rajapaksa’s arrest. Therefore, the former Defence Secretary would not be arrested under the Offences to the Public Property Act.

The announcement was made following talks between Romesh de Silva, PC, and the Additional Solicitor General.

In accordance with the agreement, Rajapaksa will report to the CID to give a statement on June 25.

The Court ordered that the agreement between the two parties be adhered to.

If summoned by the Magistrate, Rajapaksa had to answer summons, the court said.

The bench comprised, Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena (President) and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera.

Rajapaksa requested the court in a writ application to prevent unlawful arrest by the FCID.

This case will be called again in the court of appeal on a later date.

Courtesy:The Island

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