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Last updated: 30 November, 2007 - Published 14:56 GMT
 
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Ratwatte bribery case dismissed
 
General Ratwatte (L) with Governor Regie Ranatunga (file photo taken in 2006)
Ratwatte is accused of accused of earning assets worth over Rs. 40 during 1994-2002
The judiciary in Sri Lanka has acquitted a former senior minister of serious financial malpractices.

Colombo High Court said the Bribery Commission has failed to produce the vital documents related to the case against former senior Minister, Anurudhdha Ratwatte.

General Ratwatte, a former senior leader of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), was accused of illegally collecting assets worth over Rs. 40 million during 1994 to 2002.

Earning over Rs. 40 million

The former military officer who is a close relative of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga served as the deputy Defence Minister under her administration.

Ratwatte was entrusted with the day-to-day affairs of Sri Lanka's military by Kumaratunga in her capacity as the Commander-in Chief of armed forces.

The judiciary noted that the Bribery Commission that made the formal complaint on corruption charges failed to produce the vital certificate saying that the Commission rejects the respondent's statement on the alleged corruption.

The court has no jurisdiction, the judge noted, to continue the case as the Commission has not produced the said certificate.

Bribery Commissioner, P Ranasinghe, told BBC Sandeshaya that he could not comment as he was not aware of the court ruling.

 
 
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