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Case against Gotabhaya over Avant Garde allegations postponed

Case against Gotabhaya over Avant Garde allegations postponed

The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and eight others has been postponed until 30 October, as ordered by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

The attorney representing the Bribery Commission informed the Magistrate’s Court that an interim order has been issued by the Court of Appeal to suspend the hearing.

Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate postponed the hearing until 30 October.

The Bribery Commission had filed this case against the former Defense Secretary and eight defendants, for incurring a loss of Rs 11.4 billion to the government by allegedly allowing Avant Garde Maritime Services Ltd to maintain a floating armoury at the Galle Fort.

The defendants of this case include: Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathy, former Additional Defense Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne, and former Coordinating Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Major General Palitha Fernando.

Three former navy commanders, Somathilake Dissanayake, Jayanath Colombage, and Jayanath Perera, have also been named as defendants of the case.

Former Additional Defense Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne has fled the country, and is currently absconding the court. A defence counsel appears on her behalf at the court.

(FT)

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