The Colombo High Court issued an order banning foreign travel pending the completion of a trial, handing over the charges against three defendants, including MP Johnston Fe ando.
It is related to a case assigned by the Bribery Commission in 2013 that the employees of Sathosa Institute caused losses to the gove ment by using them for political activities.
The Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe today also ordered that the defendants be released on cash of fifty thousand rupees each and two surety bonds of ten lakh rupees each.
The judge who ordered to hand over the foreign passports of the defendants, former minister Johnston Fe ando, ex-chairman of Sathosa Eraj Fe ando and its former director Kaja Mohideen Mohammad Shakir, issued an order to obtain fingerprints of the defendants.
Furthermore, an order was issued to report to the Special Investigation Unit of the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission on the last Sunday of every month between 9:00 AM and 12:00 AM, imposing bail conditions.
The judge had decided to hold a pre-trial conference on September 30 before hearing the case against the defendants.
These orders were issued after the defendants appeared before the court today based on the notice issued by the court.
In 2013, this case has been filed against the defendants under the Bribery Act for using the employees of Sathosa Institute for political activities and giving them salaries through Sathosa Institute and causing a loss of more than eleven hundred and ninety three thousand rupees to the gove ment.