Fowzie in hospital as abuse of state vehicle case is taken up


By Chitra Weerarathne

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Bandara yesterday ordered the witnesses to be present on April 5 to testify in respect of the complaint filed by the Permanent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against the former Minister of Disaster Management A. H. M. Fowzie.

The Commission had complained that the suspect Fowzie had used a state vehicle given for Disaster Management for his personal use, and thereby caused a loss to the state that amounted up to Rs. 10 million. The value of the vehicle is Rs. 20 million.

President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando, who appeared for the suspect told the court that Fowzie had only used that vehicle for the work of another ministry and not for his private work. Fowzie will explain this situation to the Bribery Commission, so that the complaint could be amended.

Counsel explained to the Chief Magistrate that Fowzie was yesterday in the National Hospital seeking medical treatment.

The suspect would appear before the court on the next date of calling of this case, Counsel Fernando said.

The Chief Magistrate ordered the second and the third witnesses to be present court on April 5.

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