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Modara Harbour lease: Case fixed for Nov 10

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The judge said that if the relevant documents were filed properly, the case will be fixed for the trial at the next hearing.

Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Director General filed indictments against former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC) former Chairman Upali Liyanage and CFHC former Managing Director Neil Ravindra Munasinghe under section 70 of the Bribery Act on five charges.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the former Minister had unlawfully taken a decision to lease out the Modara Fisheries harbour to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd at a lower price between August 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014, while he was serving as the Fisheries Minister.

The Bribery Commission alleged that by knowing this transaction would cause an unlawful loss to the Government, the former Minister had motivated the members of the CFHC director board to lease out the fisheries harbour to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd.

The indictments had been filed under five counts under section 70 of the Bribery Act and section 113 and 102 of the Penal Code. The prosecution had named 17 individuals as witnesses. The Bribery Commission further listed 55 documents as production items in the case.

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