Gotabaya Rajapaksa got another reprieve from facing his misappropriation trial when the Supreme Court ordered that the trial which was to begin tomorrow 26 July be stopped until the apex court rules on an appeal filed by the accused.
The Supreme Court will take up the appeal on October 1.
In this case, Rajapaksa and six others are facing charges of misusing public funds to the tune of nearly Rs.34 million, with which a memorial and museum were built in honor of Rajapaksa’s parents at Weeraketiya in Medamulana.
This is yet another attempt by Rajapaksa to either delay the hearings or avoid trial.
Rajapaksa’s last attempt to avoid facing trial was a filing before the Appeal Court several months ago but in March the Judges rejected the appeal and that is why came to court on March 11.
Other than Rajapaksa all the other accused are former members of the Board of Directors of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC). The memorial was constructed by the Sri Lanka Navy allegedly using funds from SLLRDC.