Aloysius files motion before Magistrate’s Court; says Counsel not allowed to enter CID

Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) beneficiary owner Arjun Aloysius filing a motion before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court submitted that his two Defence Counsels were not allowed to enter the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with him.

Attorney-at-Law Sajitha Jayawardena filing the motion said that his two junior Counsels Attorney-at-Laws Dayal Wanni Arachchi and Amila Peiris were not allowed by the CID officials to enter the CID on January 6 with their client Arjun Aloysius.

Aloysius was accused of allegedly aiding and abetting and conspiring with former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to misappropriate public funds worth of Rs. 688 million during the Bond auction on February 27, 2015. The suspect is currently out of bail.

Following the bail conditions, Attorney-at-Law Sajitha Jayawardena stated that his client went to the CID on January 6. Attorney-at-Law Jayawardena further stated that his client needed assistance of a Counsel because he was not capable of reading and writing Sinhala Language. The Magistrate stated that the Constitution has guaranteed the right for Attorneys-at-Law to enter the law implementing institutions such as the police and the CID with their clients. The Magistrate instructed the CID allow the Attorneys-at-Law to enter the CID with their clients after verifying their identity.

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