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Five corruption cases against Johnston postponed until Dec 17

Five corruption cases filed against former Minister Johnston Fernando and two others for allegedly causing a Rs.40 million unlawful loss to the government by employing 153 employees of the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) for election work during 2010 to 2014 were yesterday postponed by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne.

Attorney-at-law Niroshan Siriwardena appearing for Former Minister Johnston Fernando informed court that High Court had issued an interim order preventing the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court from hearing this corruption case.

Accordingly, the cases against former Cooperative and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando , former CWE (Lak Sathosa) Chairman Eraj Fernando and former Minister’s Private Secretary Raj Mohideen Mohammad Sakeer were postponed till December 17.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed these corruption cases against three accused under 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 during 2010 to 2014, while he was serving as the Cooperative and Internal Trade Minister


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