The Attorney General’s Department has informed the Gampaha High Court today (25) that it will not hold further hearings in the case against Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa on buying a plot of land in the Malwana Mapitigama area in Malwana, Dompe and constructing a huge house on it and embezzling government funds.
Addressing the court, Deputy Solicitor General Shanil Kularatne said that the decision was taken on the basis that the first witness had not lodged a complaint with the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and that the signature on the statement given was not acceptable.
Accordingly, the Deputy Solicitor General has stated that no evidence will be taken in this case in the future and that the case will be closed.
The witnesses who appeared before the High Court on summons have been released by the High Court. The President’s Counsel, who appeared for the suspects, has requested that his clients be acquitted as the plaintiff has concluded the case and the verdict on that request is due on May 13.