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* Court lifts overseas travel ban imposed on Avant Garde suspects
Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 01:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 21, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today ordered to temporarily lift the overseas travel ban imposed on the Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and former Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defense retired Major General Palitha Fernando until the 25th of February.

The court on 16 January 2017 imposed an overseas travel ban on the defendants who were arrested and subsequently released on bail, for soliciting a bribe of 35.5 million rupees.

When the case was taken up today Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran ordered to hear the case again on February 28 and advised the witnesses to appear before the court on that day.

The judge accepting a request made by the defense lawyers temporarily ordered to suspend the travel ban until the 25th of next month.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has charged that the retired Major General Palitha Fernando, who served in the Ministry of Defense during the previous government, had allegedly solicited a bribe of Rs. 35.5 million to take necessary steps for the Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd to continue the operations of its floating armory at the Galle Port during the period from 07 August 2012 to 8 January 2015.

The chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services is also charged with violating the Bribery Act by providing the Rs. 35.5 million bribe to Major General Palitha Fernando.

 

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