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* Sri Lanka's main opposition to complain to Bribery Commission on Colombo Night Races
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 09:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) plans to lodge a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against the Colombo Night Races that were held last weekend.

UNP Western Provincial Councilor Mujibur Rahman told a news conference that there were questions over the legality of the Colombo Night Races.

He explained that the tickets issued for the event are illegal since the organizers had not received approval from the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to sell tickets for the Colombo Night Races.

He observed that Western Provincial Council Chief Minister had exempted the organizers of the event from paying entertainment taxes to the CMC.

"Exemptions from entertainment taxes of the CMC are granted to charitable events and the Colombo Night Races were not a charitable event and does not qualify for tax relief," Rahman said.

According to the UNP Councilor, a complaint will be lodged with the Bribery Commission since the event was held in an illegal manner.

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