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Avant Garde floating armoury case:

Warrants out for Senadhipathi, Fernando

The high-profile Avant Garde floating armoury case in the Colombo High Court took a new turn when the Court yesterday issued warrants for the arrest of both the suspected bribe-giver and the bribe-taker. Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran yesterday issued warrant for the arrest of Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Chairman and retired Army Major Nissanka Senadhipathi and retired Major General Palitha Fernando for failing to appear before the court yesterday.

The Bribery Commission had filed indictments against Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Senadhipathi and Fernando for involvement in an act of bribery amounting to Rs.35.5 million regarding the Avant-Garde floating armory operation.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana appearing on behalf of Avant Garde Chairman Senadhipathi, first accused, informed court that his client was currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Singapore. President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana also stated that Palitha Fernando was in remand custody over another ongoing case.

The High Court Judge observed that the suspects had not submitted any document to prove the facts mentioned by the Defence Counsel.

The Court also issued notices on sureties for Nissanka Senadhipathi and Retired Major General Palitha Fernando to appear before the High Court on August 7.

The Director General of the Bribery Commission had filed indictments against the two accused on 47 counts under Section 17, 19, 21 and 25 of the Bribery Commission Act. The two accused were indicted for the alleged offer of a bribe of Rs.35.5 million to Maj. Gen. Fernando by Avant-Garde Chairman Senadhipathi consequent to the Avant-Garde floating armory operation between 2012 and 2014.



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