Former Minister Johnston Fernando, his private secretary Sakeer Mohamed and former Sathosa Chairman Nalin Fernando, who were remanded on September 3 in connection with the misappropriation of SATHOSA funds worth Rs. 5.2 million in 2013, were acquitted of all charges by the Kurunegala High Court today.
Johnston Fernando, a former minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, and two others were remanded over misappropriation of funds, belonging to the SATHOSA, in the run up to the elections to the North-Western Provincial Council in 2013.
This is the answer to our President's question as to 'How many politicians who could truthfully say they are clean!Here is one.
TJ Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:07 AM
So, in Sri Lanka, one could be remanded based on mere accusations without a shred of evidence? It is a primitive judicial system that requires urgent reforms.
TJ Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:19 AM
While those who have the clear evidence of theft like RK don't even have a case.
Aka Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:31 PM
There was evidence. But they were apparently doctored.
Aththa Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:09 AM
Probably Kurunegala High Court judge influenced!
Dutchy Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:14 AM
Finally Justice delivered. Johnston can file a case for compensation
BV Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:17 AM
This verdict clearly demonstrates how independent the judiciary is today.
Ceylon Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:23 PM
also how stupid is the attorney general office today.
Nandasena Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:25 AM
Once a rogue will always be a rogue whether he’s inside or out.
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:25 AM
Poor work of the police and the AG Office.
johan Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:43 AM
They would be happy because they would have been compensated .
Sharon Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:34 AM
Yamapalana drama is closing episode by episode...
Wise Donkey Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:05 PM
He can start from scratch now............
Aka Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:32 PM
He got away because the FCID falsified evidence. A witness confessed that the FCID forced her to falsify documents and bills.
Be Fair Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:34 PM
I presume the Judiciary would have been impartial hence such a judgment.Problem is this Jonny now will go to town with this
Shiva Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:40 PM
No foreign invester will come here as our police can fix any one according to the orders they get from powerful people and remand them and this guy was unnecessaryly remanded for several months
Redflame Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:28 PM
We accept the court verdict. This is good initiative. File cases for all corrupted politicians from either side get a clean sheet. Re-Brand yourselves as saints with clean hands and contest next election.
lkboy Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:44 PM
Now this is "yahapalanaya".
raja Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:13 PM
AG department is not not independent. They are going to kede for powerful individuals i
karthik Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:55 PM
It is hightime for the govt to withdraw all the cases involved by our politicians and save the time and the tax payers moneyspent by our judiciary on these cases. Instead the valuable time and other resources of the judiciary can be utilized to clear up the massive backlog of many cases pending before the courts' specially the land and property cases. Delays in dispensing justice lead people to losing faith in the system.
TONY Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:52 AM
POOR SHOW AG
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