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Corruption cases against Johnston postponed

Five corruption cases filed against former Minister Johnston Fernando and two others were yesterday postponed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The cases are over allegedly causing an unlawful loss of Rs. 40 million to the government by employing 153 employees of the Corporative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) for election work between 2010 and 2014.

The cases against former Corporative and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando, former CWE (Lak Sathosa) Chairman Eraj Fernando and the former Minister’s Private Secretary Raj Mohideen Mohammad Sakeer were postponed till April 23 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Director General filed the corruption cases against the three accused under the Section 70 of the Bribery Act on three charges.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the first accused, Johnston Fernando, had unlawfully employed 153 employees for election work between 2010 and 2014, while he was serving as the Corporative and Internal Trade Minister.



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