Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday (30) postponed to 26 February next year the case against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Private Limited Nissanka Senadhipathi and six others, who are accused of having allegedly cist a loss of Rs 11.4 billion to the State by allowing Avant Garde Maritime Services to operate a floating armoury off the Southern seas.
He postponed the case to next February due to an interim injunction imposed by the Court of Appeal on the case being heard.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption indicted the eight defendants at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on 1 September 2016 on the aforesaid charges which had been committed from 7 August 2012 to 8 January 2015. The Commission has also submitted 19 charges and 208 witnesses to further substantiate its charges against the eight suspects.
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