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Johnston’s case to be heard on September 3

The Attorney General has filed indictments against the former Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando and two others in the Kurunegala High Court over an alleged financial misappropriation at Lak Sathosa.

The case will be taken up for hearing on September 3 before the Kurunegala High Court Judge Menaka Wijesundara.

Johnston Fernando along with Lak Sathosa former Chairman K M R Fernando and the former minister's private secretary Raj Mohideen Mohamed Sakeer were also indicted in the High Court for aiding and abetting in committing this offence. The three accused had been charged under the Public Property Act.

Former Minister Johnston Fernando in charge of the Cooperatives Wholesale Establishment (CWE) had allegedly ordered that goods worth over Rs 5.02 million be released from three warehouses at Yanthampalawa, Wehera and Mallawapitiya in the Kurunegala district during the election to the North Western Provincial Council on September 2013.

Former Minister Fernando was arrested by the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).

They were released on bail by Kurunegala former High Court Judge Sunanda Kumara Rathnayaka.