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Avant-Garde corruption case:

Gota files revision application against Magistrate’s order

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has filed a revision application in the Colombo High Court challenging Colombo Chief Magistrate's decision to refuse preliminary objections raised by him regarding the Avant-Garde corruption case.

The Bribery Commission had filed a corruption case against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government when giving permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services to operate a floating armoury.

In his revision petition, Rajapaksa has challenged Chief Magistrate's decision to refuse preliminary objections raised by him and Chief Magistrate's decision to fix the matter for trial.

Rajapaksa had raised preliminary objections alleging that the Bribery Commission Director General had filed this case without the written sanction of the Bribery Commission.

When the matter came up before High Court Judge Sampath Wijeratne, the revision application was fixed for February 2 to decide whether court should issue notices on the respondents including Bribery Commission.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed this case against eight accused including Gotabaya Rajapaksa under Section 70 of the Bribery Act.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the accused had had given permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services to operate a floating armoury between August 7, 2012 and January 8, 2015 in violation of laws by providing unlawful income to this private company, amounting to Rs.11.4 billion.

President's Counsel Romesh de Silva with Ali Sabry PC represented Rajapaksa.


 

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