Avant Garde suspects Nissanka Senadhipathi and Palitha Fernando ordered to appear before court

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Two suspects in the Avant Garde case have been ordered to appear before the court on 19 September.

Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe yesterday ordered the Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services Ltd. Major Nissanka Senadhipathi and former chairman of the now defunct Rakna Araksha Lanka (RALL) Ltd. Palitha Fernando to appear before the court on 19 September.

The suspects, who were arrested and subsequently released on bail in September last year, are alleged to have solicited a bribe of Rs. 35.5 million.

The court summoned the suspects to hand down the indictments on 47 counts in the case filed by the Bribery Commission.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on 1 September 2016 filed charges at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court against Senadhipathi and seven others including the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and three former navy commanders Somathilaka Dissanayake, Jayanath Colombage and Jayantha Perera.