Johnston, three others served indictments


Indictments were served on SLPP MP Johnston Fernando and three others yesterday (9), before Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe, over a bribery allegation.

They were subsequently enlarged on bail.

The Court served indictments on former Minister Johnston Fernando, former Lanka Sathosa Chairman Eraj Fernando and former Lanka Sathosa Working Director Mohamed Shakeer, over a bribery allegation.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has charged them removing employees of Lanka Sathosa from official duties and engaging them in political activities. The case was called before Judge Marasinghe last morning.

After the indictments were served, the High Court Judge allowed bail for the accused.

Accordingly, the accused were released on cash bails each valued at Rs 50,000 and sureties of Rs 1 million each.

The Judge also impounded the passports of the accused, until the proceedings of the case are concluded.

The accused were ordered to hand over their passports to the custody of the HC and to report to CIABOC on the final Sunday of each month.

Meanwhile, the pre-trial conference of the case was fixed for 30 September.

During the administration of the Good Governance Government, the Bribery Commission had filed a case before Colombo Magistrate’s Court against Johnston Fernando, for allegedly using 153 employees of Lanka Sathosa in political activities, while serving as the Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade between 2010 and 2014 and incurring a loss to the tune of Rs 40 million to the State.

BY Hansi Nanayakkara