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Johnstan's five non-assets declaration cases: Trial started

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The trial of five cases filed against former Minister Johnston Fernando over non-declaration of his assets and liabilities from 2010 to 2014, was yesterday initiated before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara.

Testifying before court, prosecution witness, Senior Assistant President’s Secretary, Chandima Wickramasinghe ascertained that there was no relevant document available at the Presidential Secretariat to prove any assets and liabilities declaration of the former Minister, according to her knowledge.

However, when cross examined by Kalinga Indatissa PC, the witness also said that she was unaware of any submissions regarding assets declaration directly to the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as there was a legal provision to do so.

Meanwhile, Bribery Official Pallegedara Jayasundara, who conducted the initial inquiry over the allegation, also confirmed that according to the Presidential Secretariat there was no legal document of any assets declaration during the period of 2010 to 2014.

A further trial would resume on July 21, 2017.

Earlier, the Commission had filed five separate cases for four years under the Non-Declaration of Assets Act. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • Leo Saturday, 27 May 2017 01:54 PM

    Appoint MR to look into this as to catch a thief you need a thief. via DM Android App

    ceylon Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:16 PM

    no such case for weerawansa .he has 3 story luxury mansion worth one billion rupees.plus much more properties. via DM Android App

    janaka Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:46 PM

    I am sure all his flie are with MR , Please check with him. Why can't you remember one time MR mentioned that all ministers files are with him during the election time.

    Selvyn Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:50 PM

    He is fix for a good holiday appropriately in the best of prison in the town via DM Android App

    Das Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:42 PM

    This will be a landmark case. Wealth Beyond Means is proof of corruption, but the Inland Revenue Department turns a blind eye towards the 'new rich millionaires' mostly politicians.

    ceylon Saturday, 27 May 2017 06:59 PM

    mahinda family declared .government reveal to public their assets.father was poor.than middle class.children did small jobs.where money frm . via DM Android App

    Bala Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:20 PM

    The punishment is Rs.3000 per year as Duminda was fined only that. What justice. Poor man sure in jail.

    Don Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:44 AM

    Non declaration is not the case. How did he become to own them via DM Android App

    renu Sunday, 28 May 2017 10:07 AM

    NO assets declared there is no question of a trail, but he must be sentenced according to the law of the land, without wasting public money


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