Defense ordered to pay cost for delaying court proceedings

June 29, 2022 4:30 pm

Social Democratic Liberal Party MP Salote Radrodro’s.

The fourth application by Social Democratic Liberal Party MP, Salote Radrodro’s lawyer has been labelled as an abuse of process by the Anti-Corruption Division Court.

Judge Justice Thusara Kumarage stated this in a ruling on the permanent stay application filed by Radrodro’s lawyer today.

This as on three separate occasions earlier, Radrodro’s lawyer filed an application for stay of proceedings, constitutional redress, and challenging amendment of the information.

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The Judge said the defense had filed a fourth application and the court is compelled to believe it was filed to delay the trial amounting to an abuse of legal process in the country.

The Judge further said the trial has been delayed by three days and sees it as an abuse of process.

While dismissing the permanent stay application, Justice Kumarage also imposed a $500 cost against the defense.

Radrodro is charged with one count each of giving false information to a public servant and obtaining financial advantage.

Radrodro is alleged to have falsely stated that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo village, Nabouwalu, Bua, and allegedly obtained $37,920.13 between August 2019 and April 2020.

Three witnesses took the stand in the court today.

The trial will continue this Friday.