Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe, on Friday (29), acquitted former Minister A.H.M. Fowzie of all charges filed against him.
The former Minister had been charged with causing a loss of Rs 19.5 million to the State through the misuse of a luxury jeep, from 2011 to 2012, that had been provided to the Disaster Management Centre.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) informed Court that they were willing to withdraw the case against Fowzie, which prompted the Chief Magistrate to order the acquittal. Fowzie was represented in Court by President’s Counsel Shavendra Fernando.
The case against the former Minister had been filed during the previous Yahapalana Government.
By Hansi Nanayakkara