SLC paying for legal defence of sexual-assault accused Danushka Gunathilaka
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) mentioned that it’s paying for Danushka Gunathilaka’s legal defence in Australia for the reason that prices of sexual activity with out consent had been laid on him whereas he was on nationwide obligation through the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
As per ESPNCricinfo, it isn’t clear if the participant has breached the protocols of the board by happening a date throughout an lively event, one thing which is prohibited as per SLC CEO Ashley de Silva.
Six days after the incident, SLC has mentioned that it’s but to determine whether or not Gunathilaka broke the curfew on November 2, the evening to which prices relate.
SLC just isn’t obliged contractually to help the participant’s defence however it’s doing so voluntarily. De Silva insists that it’ll get better all of the legal prices from the accused, both by asking Gunathilaka to pay the cash to the board or by docking the cost that SLC owes him.
“This was not a private visit. He was with the team in an official capacity, so we felt we should pay the legal fees, on the condition that we can recover them from him later, whatever the results of the case,” mentioned De Silva.
“His parents probably aren’t able to do that [cover the legal costs],” De Silva added.
Gunathilaka has been an element of SL’s white-ball set-up since 2017 and has represented the nation in 47 ODIs, 46 T20Is and eight Tests.
De Silva has in contrast board’s backing of Kusal Perera in a doping case for the primary six months of 2016 to their assist of Gunathilaka now, “Just like we recovered the cost of that case, after Kusal Perera was cleared, we will do so here as well.”
But Perera’s case was not legal and beforehand there was no occasion of SLC offering official assist to participant going through legal prices.
Gunathilaka was dominated out of the event on October 19 as a consequence of a hamstring damage, however was with the squad as a “standby” when the incident allegedly occurred.
Asked if SLC’s personal fame faces injury as a result of of their assist for Gunathilaka, de Silva mentioned the board ought to provide its assist “to someone who has fallen into such a situation”.
SLC has appointed a three-member probe for “independent inquiry” of the matter. De Silva mentioned that the group supervisor is speaking with ICC’s safety personnel to seek out out if the participant breached the curfew throughout that night.
The board has denied the allegations made by a senior journalist that politicians instructed the board to bear prices of Gunathilaka’s defence. The board mentioned through a press release on Tuesday that “Sri Lanka Cricket has in no way been influenced by a ‘third party’ in carrying out the obligatory actions required to be taken to allow Mr. Danushka Gunathilaka to pursue any legal rights available to him.”
Later within the assertion, it additionally added that it was “in consultation with the Ministry of Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the consular officials” to take steps for pursuing Gunathilaka’s legal rights.
Gunathilaka was arrested on Sunday morning from group’s resort and was charged with 4 counts of sexual activity with no consent. He was not given bail as nicely. As per de Silva, SLC employees just isn’t in direct contact with the participant, other than five-minute interval across the arrest throughout which Gunathilaka spoke to group’s supervisor.
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