Three Customs Officers Arrested While taking Rs. 125m. Bribe

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1By Darshana Sanjeewa
Three Customs officers — a superintendent, a deputy superintendent and an assistant superintendent — were arrested by the Bribery Commission for accepting a bribe of Rs.125 million from a vehicle spare parts agent for the SLTB in Panchikawatta yesterday.

Custom Superintendent Sujeewa Parakrama Jinadasa, Deputy Superintendent Jagath Gunathilake and Assistant Superintendent M.D.U.G. Perera were the officers concerned.


The Bribery Commission’s director general, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe said the officers had allegedly asked for a bribe of Rs. 150 million from the agent after going through audit reports, in order to help him to get away without paying the duty on items imported by him…..


The Bribery Commission’s director general, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe said the officers had allegedly asked for a bribe of Rs. 150 million from the agent after going through audit reports, in order to help him to get away without paying the duty on items imported by him.  They had informed the agent that he had failed to pay duty amounting to Rs. 1.5 billion.
“When the agent said he couln’t pay as he did not have the money, the three officers had allegedly told him that they would help him avoid paying the duty if he paid them Rs. 150 million,” she said.

The agent had reported the incident to the Bribery Commission and the commission had drawn a sum of Rs. 125 million from the Treasury (after the agent had negotiated with the Customs officers and reduced the quantum of the bribe), and laid a trap for the bribetakers.

The three Customs officers were arrested as they were taking charge of the Rs. 125 million which had been brought in three fertiliser bags
The Commission said this was the biggest haul in the history of the Bribery Commission.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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