FCID re­turns Ford Mus­tang im­ported by Na­mal to owner

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The con­tro­ver­sial Ford Mus­tang which was re­port­edly im­ported by MP Na­mal Ra­japaksa, was yes­ter­day re­turned to its cur­rent owner by the FCID. The ve­hi­cle was un­der FCID cus­tody for more than two years af­ter it was seized from Kaduwela in 2016.

Coun­sel Pre­m­anath C. Do­lawatta who ap­peared for the owner said the FCID had not ar­rested a sin­gle sus­pect in con­nec­tion with the case.

“This ve­hi­cle was bought by MP Na­mal Ra­japaksa on a per­mit is­sued to him in 2010. Later, w.m. Shan­thini bought the ve­hi­cle for his son Har­shana Silva. When the ve­hi­cle was be­ing re­paired, the FCID seized it and in a fu­tile at­tempt linked it to Na­mal,” he said. The coun­sel thanked the Kaduwela Mag­is­trate for or­der­ing the FCID to re­turn the ve­hi­cle to the cur­rent owner.

Mean­while, Har­shana Silva said the FCID had ques­tioned all his fam­ily mem­bers and even friends about the car which he had legally bought. “we went through a pe­riod of se­vere men­tal ha­rass­ment,” he said.

PIC BY PRADEEP DILRUKSHANA

The con­tro­ver­sial Ford Mus­tang which was re­port­edly im­ported by MP Na­mal Ra­japaksa, was yes­ter­day re­turned to its cur­rent owner by the FCID.

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