Johnston cleared of assets non-declaration cases

Johnston cleared of assets non-declaration cases

March 19, 2019   01:09 pm

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The Bribery Commission has withdrawn four cases filed against MP Johnston Fernando regarding non-declaration of assets. In turn, the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court has discharged MP Fernando of the relevant charges.

The case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, this morning (19) when the officials representing the Bribery Commission requested permission from the court to withdraw the 04 cases stating technical errors in the cases.

Accordingly, the Judge permitted the withdrawal of the cases and ordered MP Fernando to be discharged from the charges.

The Bribery Commission had filed five cases in total against former Minister Johnston Fernando for violating the Bribery Act by allegedly failing to prove his annual assets and liabilities while serving as a minister from 2010 to 2014.

Fernando was acquitted of one case on 29th January as the court found that the case filed by the Bribery Commission had not been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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