Po­lice IP and Sergeant sen­tenced to jail for ac­cept­ing bribes

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY T. FAROOK THAJUDEEN

An In­spec­tor of Po­lice and a Po­lice sergeant found guilty of ac­cept­ing a bribe, were im­posed jail terms af­ter a lengthy trial by Colombo High Court yes­ter­day. The con­victed IP was im­posed a 16-year jail term on four counts while the Sergeant was sen­tenced to14 years in jail on five counts by High Court Judge Gi­han Ku­latunge af­ter ob­serv­ing that the charges against the two con­victs were proven be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

How­ever the pe­riod of jail terms were re­duced to run con­cur­rently within a pe­riod of four years on the first con­vict and the jail term was re­duced to run con­cur­rently within a pe­riod of 7 years on the se­cond con­vict.

IP Mahinda Kith­siri Ka­hap­ola Aarachchi and the Sergeant Utamma Waduge San­dakelum Ravi­wansa Jayawar­dana were ar­rested by Bribery sleuths at Keeniyawal­a on Novem­ber 11, 2011 while ac­cept­ing a bribe of Rs. 5000 from the com­plainant M.S. Bud­dhika Sanjeewa.

It was said that the con­victs had so­licited Rs 10,000 to re­lease the weigh­ing scales that the suspects had taken into their cus­tody with a con­sign­ment wild boar meat that the com­plainant was to to sell.

The two con­victs were ar­rested by the Bribery sleuths while ac­cept­ing the part pay­ment of Rs. 5000 from the com­plainant.

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