Travel ban on Rakna Lanka Chief lifted

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By 2017-12-07

By Kavindya Perera

Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe yesterday (6) temporarily lifted the travel ban imposed on Rakna Lanka Chairman Major General Palitha Fernando, to enable him to attend the National Athletics Association's meeting to be held overseas.
Court also fixed 9 February 2018 to hear the case filed by the Attorney General against Fernando and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathy.

President's Counsel Gamini Marapana, appearing on behalf of the accused duo, told the Court that the first accused in the case, Major General Fernando, is also the head of the National Athletics Association (NAA) and therefore to allow him to attend the NAA meeting overseas by lifting the travel ban imposed on him, till the next hearing of the case.

Later, the Judge, on the condition that the first accused should be able to attend all Court sessions henceforth, temporarily lifted the travel ban till 9 February 2018.

The Attorney General indicted the accused on 47 counts with having facilitated the operation of a floating armoury off the Southern seas of Sri Lanka and obtaining a bribe of Rs 35.5 million for such actions.

The trial has been fixed for 19 March 2018.

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