Oct 06, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday has sentenced a former assistant manager of State Timber Corporation to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for accepting a bribe from a businessman.
Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga sentenced former assistant regional manager of State Timber Corporation at Bandarawela Bindunuwewa office for 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
The former assistant regional manager Dhanushka Sampath was charged of accepting a bribe of Rs. 100,000 from a businessman to grant timber stocks.
The Magistrate considered a request submitted by the Assistant Commissioner of Bribery Commission Ms. Priyangani Jayalath to a grant a severe punishment to the defendant in order to deter other state officials from taking bribes.
In addition to the jail term, the judge ordered the defendant Sampath to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000 and also pay the bribe of Rs 100,000 taken by him.
The Colombo High Court Judge acquitted a second defendant, former regional manager, Varadana Keerthi Roy, who was charged with aiding and supporting the assistant regional manager, of all charges and released him.