10 Years RI for ac­cept­ing Rs 190,000 bribe

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Colombo High Court Judge Gi­han Ku­latunga this week sen­tenced an of­fi­cial of the State Tim­ber Cor­po­ra­tion (STC) to 10 years Rig­or­ous Im­pris­on­ment, af­ter he was found guilty of ac­cept­ing a bribe of Rs 190,000 to is­sue a per­mit for the trans­port of tim­ber.

STC As­sis­tant Re­gional Man­ager Dhanushka Sam­path was ar­rested in De­cem­ber 2012, fol­low­ing a com­plaint lodged against him by the man from whom he had de­manded the bribe.

Mr Sam­path was found guilty on two counts of ac­cept­ing a bribe of Rs 100,000 as part of the full pay­ment of Rs 190,000 he had de­manded, and was sen­tenced to 5 years RI for each of­fence. He was also fined Rs 5,000 and im­posed a penalty of Rs 100,000. Fail­ure to pay this would en­tail an ad­di­tional three years in prison.

Mean­while, com­plainant Don Ravi So­mas­inghe of Ha­putale had lied to court say­ing no bribe was sought by the con­victed man. How­ever, as his ini­tial com­plaint to the Bribery Com­mis­sion was cor­rob­o­rated by other wit­nesses, it led to the con­vic­tion of the ac­cused.

The HC judge asked the Court Reg­is­trar to file charges against the com­plainant for giv­ing false ev­i­dence. The pros­e­cu­tion was led by Bribery Com­mis­sion As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor (Legal) Anut­thara Jaya­sis­nghe.

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