Ex-MP Abdullah Maharoof remanded

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The two suspects including former MP Abdullah Maharoof, who were arrested over the misuse of vehicles belonging to Lanka Sathosa during the 2015-2019 period, have been remanded until tomorrow (17).

The order was delivered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court when the case was taken up today via Skype, before Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the court today that as per the information which came to light during investigations, former MP Maharoof – the first suspect in the case – has misused three vehicles rented by Lanka Sathosa.

Rs 195,000 has been paid for each vehicle monthly and thereby, the suspect has misappropriated nearly Rs 1.2 million through the illegal use of the three vehicles.

Taking into account the submissions, the additional magistrate ordered to remand the two suspects and to produce them before Colombo Fort Court Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Former All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) MP and former Deputy Minister Maharoof was arrested on Monday night (14) while in Kinniya by the CID.

A person named Farook Mohamed Aslam, a resident of Matale, was also placed under police custody along with the ex-lawmaker.

Investigations were launched by the CID based on a complaint made by the Lanka Sathosa.