Oct 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today acquitted the former Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister of Sri Lanka Johnston Fernando and two others of their charges and released.
The Kurunegala High Court on Wednesday released the former minister and two other defendants, who were charged of misusing Rs. 5 million of state-owned wholesale network Lanka Sathosa during his tenure as the Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister.
The Attorney General had accused that the defendant Johnston Fernando during the last Northwestern Council elections held in September 2013 had issued orders to the Yanthampalawa, Wehera and Mallawapitiya Sathosa Outlets to release a stock of goods worth 5.2 million rupees and these goods had been used for election propaganda work on his son, Johan Fernando.
Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of police arrested Johnston Fernando and two others in May 2015 and charged over the alleged financial misappropriation.
The other two defendants who were remanded along with Former Minister Johnston Fernando are former Sathosa Chairman Nalin Fernando and the Fernando's Private Secretary Raj Mohamed Shakir.