Gotabaya and seven others acquitted in Avant Garde case

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today acquitted former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others in the Avant Garde case.

They were acquitted after the court received an order delivered by the Court of Appeal discharging Rajapaksa from the case.

When the case was heard before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court last week, the court had said that it has not received the order from the Court of Appeal and postponed the case to today.

The case had been filed by the Bribery Commission accusing Rajapaksa and seven others of incurring 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 when Rajapaksa was the Defence Secretary.

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