The Colombo High Court today (29) released a deputy minister of the government and two other suspects from all charges over an alleged misappropriation of Samurdhi Funds.
Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe released Deputy Environment Minister Abdul Cader and two others of charges of misappropriating Samurdhi Funds.
Cader defected to the government from the UNP a few months back.
The state counsel had stated that it was difficult to continue with the case since the original documents regarding the case have been misplaced.
The state counsel had also said that the key witness in the case, former Samurdhi Commissioner General Dr. Kumari Navaratna, could not be summoned as she is overseas.
The state counsel had therefore requested court to dismiss the indictment charges.
Judge Wickramasinghe had then permitted the dismissal of the indictment charges and had ordered that the three suspects including Minister Abdul Cader be released.
Cader and two other suspects were charged with misappropriating 690 bags of rice belonging to the Samurdhi Social Development Trust Fund and making the government suffer losses amounting to millions of rupees.