DILANTHA ALLOWED TO SPEED OUT OF COUNTRY TILL NEXT HEARING
A Colombo Court yesterday allowed popular Sri Lankan racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa to leave the country but ordered him to be present in court on January 4, which is the next hearing date of a case against him.
The CID told Colombo Fort Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne that Mr. Malagamuwa had obtained Rs.15 million from a Sri Lankan businessman and thus committed a criminal breach of trust by violating Section 389 of the Penal Code.
Counsel Jeevantha Jayatilleke and Thilanka Polgampola appearing for Mr. Malagamuwa said their client wished to travel to Malaysia as he was employed as a consultant by a Malaysian motor training school and that he also organised international motor racing events.
Having considered the submissions, the Magistrate allowed Mr. Malagamuwa to leave the country until the next hearing on January 4.
The CID alleged that Mr. Malagamuwa had introduced Sri Lankan businessman Gnanadeepam Sivajothi to a Japanese, Yoshiyuki Hayashi for an investment project in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Hayashi had given a loan of US$600,000 to the businessman who had agreed to pay back US$840,000 within three months but the businessman had failed to do so and this had resulted in the Japanese businessman complaining to the CID.
The CID Inspector Anura de Silva alleged that Mr. Malagamuwa who assisted in interpreting Mr. Hayashi’s first com- plaint had done so improperly and had also acquired Rs.15 million from Mr. Sivajothi which he had spent on motor racing games.
Mr. Malagamuwa, in a petition filed in Court said the Tourism Ministry had appointed him as an ambassador to assist and support Sri Lanka’s tourism efforts.
He said former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi had highly appreciated him stating he had worked his way up to become a qualified driver in Japan’s most prominent speed car races.
Mr. Malagamuwa said he had received major international honours claiming the victory of Nippon Formula Championship in 2007 becoming the first nonJapanese Asian to compete in the game.
He said he had also won the Malaysian GT championship on several occasions.