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Gotabaya discharged from Avant Garde case

The Colombo Magistrate Court today discharged Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 7 others from the Avant Garde case.

The Court of Appeal on 12 September  directed the Colombo Magistrate’ Court to acquit all accused including former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Avant-Garde case filed by the Bribery Commission.

The Court of Appeal decision was announced by the judge bench comprising Justices Achala Wengappuli and Arjuna Obeysekara, after considering the appeal filed on behalf of the petitioner, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The respective case was filed by the Bribery Commission alleging that they had incurred a loss of Rs 11.4 billion to the government by approving the maintenance of the floating armoury owned by Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited.