Former Sathosa Accountant gives further evidence

The former Accountant of Sathosa Manoj Laknath Botheju giving evidence on the third day in Johnston Fernando's case said that the Sathosa is not worried about to whom the food items had been given but they were issued on the instructions of former Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando.

This case was taken up before Kurunegala High Court Judge Menaka Wijesundara yesterday.

In this case, former Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando, former Lak Sathosa Chairman K.M.R.Fernando and the Minister's Coordinating Secretary Raj Mohomed Sakeer were charged for allegedly ordering that goods valued at over Rs.5.2 million be released from the CWE warehouses in the Kurunegala District, during the North Western Provincial Council Election.

State Counsel Roshantha Abeysooriya who led the prosecution team and presented the witnesses list of 9 individuals.

President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa appearing on behalf of the first accused, told court that his client had settled the money and had not committed any offence.

State Counsel Roshantha Abeysooriya prosecuted while President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, President's Counsel Anil Silva, Attorneys Indika Giragama, Samantha Premachandra, Hareen Sraddasena appeared for the defence.

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