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* Bribery Commission commences investigation into attempted bribery of MPs
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 09:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 29, Colombo: The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said it has provided a detailed statement to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) on allegations of attempts to bribe MPs.

The TISL has given this detailed report following a complaint filed by the organization on 5 November.

In the statement provided on Wednesday, TISL officials highlighted to CIABOC investigators that the contents of telephone conversation recordings shared with the media recently by Palitha Range Bandara MP, clearly indicate an offence under Section 14 of the Bribery Act.

Parliamentarian Range Bandara revealed to the media about a telephone call that he had received from UPFA MP SB Dissanayake in the first week of November.

TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, there are 3 key points to flag from the recorded conversations.

"One is the offer of 500 million rupees to crossover. Secondly, the offer to pay the amount in US dollars and thirdly, the willingness to carry out the transaction in Anamaduwa," he pointed out.

The TISL pointed out that the offence of bribing a member of parliament carries a prescribed prison term of up to 7 years under the provisions of the Bribery Act.

CIABOC officials have confirmed to TISL on Wednesday that an investigation has been initiated into the complaint and that statements would be obtained from the relevant parties.

"We hope that upon the conclusion of this investigation, those who sought to bribe MPs will be held to account and that anybody attempting to do so in the future is mindful of the consequences," the Executive Director of TISL said.


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