Obeysekera case: AG appeals against acquittal of accused

The Attorney General’s Department has filed an appeal in a case where two persons including former Army spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera was acquitted in a forged deed case claiming ancestral property of the Obeysekera family in Rajagiriya.

The High Court acquitted Col. Perera and Sarath Wijewardene in a judgment delivered on October 16.
The AGs department has filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal seeking leave to appeal against the judgment, set aside the previous judgment of acquittal and to convict the respondents or order a re-trial.
Initially Attorney-at-Law Bandula Wijesinghe (now deceased) was charged with fraudulently, on or around June 11, 2001, certifying a forged document with false signatures and making a forged deed as a deed of gift for the land on No. 137, Rajagiriya Road, owned by Fredrick Wimaladharma Obeysekara.
The other accused were charged with aiding and abetting the said offence. According to the complaint to the police, Col. Perera together with caretaker Wijewardena had claimed ownership of the property after allegedly producing a Deed of Gift prepared by Attorney Wijesinghe.

The nephew of the owner of the property, Christopher Obeysekera had filed action. Indian handwriting expert Prof. P. Chandrasekaran was among those who gave evidence during the trial which commenced in October 2004.

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