Dec 15, 2017

Decision on Jan. 18 on continuing with bribery case against Johnston Featured

Courts will decide on January 18 whether to continue with a case filed by the bribery commission against ex-minister Johnston Fernando and two others.

They stand accused of having used 153 CWE workers for political activities between 2010 and 2014 and thereby caused a Rs. 40 million loss to the state.

Colombo chief magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara took up the case yesterday (14).

After the defendants filed preliminary objections, the complainant submitted counter-objections on November 22.

The other accused are former CWE chairman Eraj Fernando and working director Kaj Mohideen Mohamed.

The case was filed on 30 June 2016, and the accused appeared before courts and were given bail on 01 July this year.

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