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AG files indictment against Johnston

The Attorney General has files indictments against the former Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando and two others in the Kurunegala High Court over an alleged financial misappropriation amounting to Rs. 5.02 million at Lak Sathosa.

The case will be taken up for hearing on October 25 before Kurunegala High Court Judge Menaka Wijesundara.

Johnston Fernando along with Lak Sathosa former Chairman K. M. R. Fernando and former minister’s private secretary Raj Mohadeen Mohammad Shakeer were also indicted in the High Court for aiding and abetting in committing this offence.

The three accused had been charged under the Public Property Act.

Former Minister Johnston Fernando charged under the Cooperatives Wholesale Establishment (CWE) Act, had allegedly ordered that goods worth over Rs. 5.02 million be released from three warehouses at Yanthampalawa, Vehera and Mallawapiya in the Kurunegala district during the election to the North Western Provincial Council election on September 2013.

Minister Johnston Fernando was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to obtain statement.

They were released on bail by Kurunegala former High Court Judge Sunanda Kumara Rathnayake on May 28, 2015. Afterwards, it will be heard on October 25. 

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