Sajin Vass remanded
February 27, 2020 04:29 pm
Former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena has been remanded until March 12 by the Colombo High Court for allegedly intimidating witnesses in a court case.
The former parliamentarian has been indicted on the charge of money laundering amounting to over Rs 306.26 million, under Section 3  [a] of Money Laundering Act No 05 of 2006 as amended by Act No 40 of 2011.
When the case was taken up today (27) before HC Judge Gihan Kulatunga for the hearing of evidence, the state counsel appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed the court that a complaint has been received that the defendant had engaged in the intimidation of witnesses in the case.
The state counsel requested that the defendant be placed in remand custody as he could affect the hearing of evidence while out on bail.
The High Court Judge accepted the request and ordered to remand Sajin de Vass Gunawardena until March 12.
The ex-MP is accused of illegally earning a sum of Rs 306,268,194.76 during the period he served as a Member of Parliament, between 2011 and 2014.