Namal’s Gowers money laundering issue: INTERPOL WARRANT FOR IRESHA SILVA

Evading court since the inception of the case

 The Colombo High Court has issued a warrant through Interpol for the arrest of Batapola Arachchige Oranella Iresha Silva for her alleged involvement in laundering money amounting to Rs.30 million through Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited allegedly owned by Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa.

High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe had made this order taking into consideration the facts presented by Attorney General that the suspect had left the country and evading courts since the inception of inquiry into the matter.

On a previous occasion, three accused Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and Sujani Bogollagama who functioned as the directors of Gowers Corporation Pvt Ltd as directors were present in court.

However, the second, forth and sixth accused Indika Karunajeewa, Iresha Silva and Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited were not present.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Namal Rajapaksa, Indika Karunajeewa, Sujani Bogollagama, Iresha Silva, Nithya Senani Samaranayake and Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited on 11 counts under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their alleged involvement in money laundering amounting to Rs.30 million through a company (Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited) owned by Namal Rajapaksa between 2013 and 2014.

This case is to be taken up for trial today (10) before High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe.

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