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* Court rejects former Defense Secretary's objections on Avant Garde case
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 10:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today rejected the preliminary objections raised by the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of the Avant Garde floating armory case.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara rejected the defendant's request to release him and the other defendants of the case filed by the Bribery or Corruption Commission and ordered the next hearing to be fixed on 26th of February and 26th of March.

The Chief Magistrate also ordered to hand over the charge sheets containing 19 charges to the defendants.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on September 01, 2016 filed charges at the Colombo Magistrate's Court against Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and seven others including the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and three former navy commanders Somathilaka Dissanayake, Jayanath Colombage and Jayantha Perera.

The defendants are accused of causing a financial loss to the tune of 11.4 billion rupees to the Government by paving the way for the operation of a floating armory by the Avant Garde Maritime Services.

Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara ordered that the case to be proceeded without the second defendant, former additional secretary of the Defense Ministry Sujatha Damayanthi.

 

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