Johnston Remanded

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He was grilled by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) for more than six hours before producing him before Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya.

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The Magistrate ordered that Mr. Fernando be produced before the Kurunegala Magistrate today.
Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Dailymirror  that Mr. Fernando was asked to report to the FCID office in Kollupitiya at 9.00 a.m. and that he was grilled till 3.00 p.m. over charges that came under the Public Property Act.

“As the minister in charge of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) he had allegedly ordered that goods worth more than Rs.5.2 million be released from three CWE warehouses in the Kurunegala District”

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He said that as the minister in charge of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) he had allegedly ordered that goods worth more than Rs.5.2 million be released from three CWE warehouses in the Kurunegala District.

As a result goods had been released from the CWE stores in Yanthampalawa, Wehera and Mallawapitiya during the election to the North-Western Provincial Council in September 2013.

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Mr. Fernando had however failed to settle the bills for the goods he had ordered to be released for reasons best known to him.
There were also several allegations over his involvement in a private distillery company in the North Western Province at the time his son Johann Fernando was contesting the election.

The FCID acting on a complaint grilled the former minister, who is the third MP to be remanded after MPs Basil Rajapaksa and Sarana Gunawardena.

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