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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the suspension of a criminal investigation into the prime minister’s handling of tsunami aid following allegations of corruption. Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the suspension of a criminal investigation into the prime minister’s handling of tsunami aid following allegations of corruption. Chief justice Sarath Silva asked the police Criminal Investigations Department to immediately halt their probe into bank accounts Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse maintained to hold donations meant for tsunami survivors.

“The court granted an interim order sought by the prime minister seeking a stay (suspension) of the CID investigation,” a court official said. “Further hearing was fixed for January.”

The court order from the highest court followed a petition from the premier that the investigation was politically damaging to him in the run up to the November 17 presidential election at which he was the ruling party candidate.

The court fixed a fill hearing for January 17, two months after the elections.

Two weeks ago, a magistrate here gave police permission to examine three private bank accounts amid allegati