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* Sri Lanka, Australia reaffirm commitment to combat transnational crime

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Government of Australia has affirmed its commitment to support Sri Lanka in capacity building and legislative reform to combat people smuggling and other transnational crimes.
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* Special HC gives Gotabaya time to file objections

Oct 20 (Island) The Colombo High Court at Bar gave Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Secretary Defence, time till November 9 to file written submissions pertaining to the indictment in respect of the abuse of state funds to build the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at Hambantota. The amount allegedly abused is around Rs. 39.9 million.
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* Court order to arrest Navy Sampath’s abetters

Oct 20 (DN) Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday ordered the CID to arrest those who were involved in aiding and abetting Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath to flee the country.
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* MP Vijayakala's case to be taken up on December 07

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Magistrate's Court today ordered to take up the case filed against former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, over her controversial statement regarding the LTTE, on December 07.
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* Sri Lankan university student in Australia seeks damages after terror charges dropped against him

Oct 19, Sydney: A Sri Lankan university student wrongly accused of a terror plot to assassinate former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull plans to sue the police for 'unforgivable' treatment after the prosecution dropped terror charges against him, AAP reported.
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* Contempt of court case against Dr Padeniya fixed for March 02

Oct 19 (Island) The Court of Appeal, yesterday, re-fixed for March 2, 2019 the contempt of Court Application, filed against Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, the President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).
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* Thajudeen Case: Court orders to search former First Lady's charity vehicle for human remains

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court issued an order yesterday (19) to the Government Analyst to submit a report on the analysis to determine the presence of human remains or gun residue in the defender jeep that was given to the former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa's Siriliya Saviya charity organization in 2011.
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* Fmr. TID DIG Nalaka grilled for nine hours for the second day

Oct 20 (DM) Former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva was questioned over nine hours for the second day today over the inquiry into the alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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* UN asks Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate commander of peacekeeping contingent in Mali

Oct 19 (CP) New York- The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country's contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali.
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* AG to challenge acquittal of ex-minister Johnston Fernando and two others

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General will file a revision application in the Court of Appeal challenging the Kurunegala High Court's judgement to acquit and release former Minister and Kurunegala District MP Johnston Fernando and two others, according to a report in Daily News.
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* Sirisena's aides want swift probe

Oct 19 (Hindu) Sri Lanka’s investigation authorities must expedite their probe into the alleged assassination plot targeting President Maithripala Sirisena, his advisers have said, terming it a “very serious matter”.
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* RADA case prosecution will effectively proceed, AG informs Court

Oct 19 (DN) The Attorney General yesterday informed the Colombo High Court that the prosecution will proceed with the controversial RADA case although the primary documents pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of public funds had been destroyed in a systematic manner.
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