Court rejects Sajin Vass’ request for interim injunction

Thursday, 18 June 2020

The Appeal Court rejected a petition seeking an interim injunction on the hearing of a case filed by the Attorney General against former MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena on money laundering.

The former parliamentarian has been indicted on the charge of money laundering amounting to over Rs 306.26 million, under Section 3 [1] [a] of Money Laundering Act No 05 of 2006 as amended by Act No 40 of 2011.

The order was issued today (18) by the Court of Appeal Justices Achala Wengappuli and Priyantha Fernando following a revision petition filed by Sajin Vaas.

However, the judge ordered to issue notices to the respondents to hear a petition filed by Gunawardena and ordered the objections to be submitted on July 03.

Speaking on behalf of Gunawardena, President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando stated that 10 computer hard disks belonging to Gunawardena has been included as evidence in the case filed by the Attorney General.

However, pointing out that 03 of the relevant hard disks cannot be accessed, the President’s Counsel stated that it will be unfair on his client if the evidence was conducted based on the data in those 03 hard disks.