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Avant Garde Case: Gota, 7 others to be tried on Feb.26 and Mar.26

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The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today refused to put off for another date the reading of the charges to the accused and fixed the trial on the corruption case against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others.

The Bribery Commission (BC) filed 19 charges against the suspects for causing a Rs.11.4 billion loss to the government by permitting Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited to operate a floating armoury. The BC named 60 witnesses in the case.

When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara, he rejected the preliminary objections raised by defence counsel on an earlier occasion and the charges were read out to the suspect.

Earlier, when the matter came up before the Chief Magistrate, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for the first accused Gotabaya Rajapaksa had raised preliminary objections that the Bribery Commission Director General had filed this case without the written sanction of the Bribery Commission.

He said when the charges were brought up in Court under Section 70 (Corruption), the prosecution should obtain a mandatory sanction or a written consent from the BC according to Section 78 (1) of the Bribery Act.

However, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appearing for the BC informed Court that the Commission had given its consent to this legal action and requested the Magistrate to fix the case for trial.

The Magistrate fixed the case for trail on February 26 and March 26, 2018. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • ceylon Friday, 17 November 2017 06:54 PM

    all requiremenrs are ready by the bc.then why postponed for many months more.these are judicial corruptions.allready delayed over two years. via DM Android App

    Kadiya Friday, 17 November 2017 08:08 PM

    So long to wait to see these buggers behind bars? This is crazy!!!

    Hiran Shanaka Friday, 17 November 2017 08:35 PM

    Why certain people want to expedite only Bond Scam, when, Gota, Basil and other members of MR gang robbed was definitely of higher value than Bond Scam? Cases related to MR and gang took place well before the Bond Scam and therefore, they must have the priority to take legal actions. In fairness, we all know that Bond Scam is in fact a clear robbery as well. It is time to punish ALL the robbers, despite their political affiliations!

    Wise Donkey Friday, 17 November 2017 09:23 PM

    What about the main man with the capital letter G ?

    Ram Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:20 AM

    Has the BC left a loop hole for a successful appeal later? If written sanction is not in the file that could be a arguable lapse

    nimal Saturday, 18 November 2017 05:36 AM

    Colonel psycho not afraid of the bloody courts but spending a fortune to stay out?

    Dee Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:42 AM

    Waiting to raise the national flag.

    TONY Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:07 AM

    IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND FAULT WITH THESE CRAFTY RAJAPAKSHAS, THAT IS WHY THEY STILL CANNOT FILE CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST MR

    SAM Saturday, 18 November 2017 11:31 AM

    Wonder why cases take months to get a hearing. Wonder if people are remember after months and years? Its all just like a drama but nothing happens.


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