Legal Muzzle

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

Oct 06, 2010 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan government is trying to suppress exposures of state corruption by launching criminal investigations against the Sri Lankan branch of Transparency International (TISL), a corruption watchdog, a rights body said. “In this way any person may be imprisoned through fabricated charges and by the abuse of criminal justice process.”

The AHRC has highlighted a series of cases where Sri Lankan citizens have died in police custody or have made allegations of torture.

Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission said TISL had been summoned before the island’s Financial Investigation Unit in what it called “the abuse of the criminal justice process to suppress discussions relating to corruption.”

TISL has been informed by the investigation unit is probing a complaint on suspicions transactions of Transparency International Sri Lanka under criminal law.

“The FIU inquiry started after TISL commenced monitoring the abuse of state resources,” said the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia.

“According to information available, the investigation was later dropped. TISL issued their final report of the investigati