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Case against Gotabhaya fixed for trial

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Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara has fixed the case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for trial on Feb 26, March 26. The charge against him is allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government when permitting Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd, to operate a floating armoury.

Court rejected preliminary objections raised by defendants that the Bribery Commission Director General had filed this case without the written sanction of the Bribery Commission.

The charge sheets comprising 19 counts were served on the accused before the Chief Magistrate.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appeared for the Bribery Commission.

President’s Counsel Ali Sabry appeared for the former Defence Secretary.

The accused in the case are former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Avant Garde Chairman Major Nissanka Senadhipathi, former Navy Commanders Somatilleke Dissanayake, Jayanath Kolambage and Jayantha Perera, Rtd. Major General Palitha Piyasiri Fernando and Banda Adhikari.

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