President advises authorities to enforce law against officials with bribery charges

May 04, 2018 (LBO) – President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered immediate suspension of the senior official attached to the Presidential Secretariat and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation (STC) who face bribery allegations and has advised the authorities to strictly enforce the law against the two offenders.

President’s Media Division said the decision was taken after the President’s attention was drawn to the arrest of two senior officials.

“President Sirisena, in a statement, said that the incident confirms the importance of establishing independent commissions and implementing the policies of the government against bribery and corruption,” PMD said.

“The President stated that he was pleased with the independent and impartial background created by the present government to ensure that the law enforcement authorities are able to perform their duties independently.”

Officials of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) arrested I.H.K. Mahanama, the president’s chief of staff, and P. Dissanayake, the head of the State Timber Corporation (STC) on Thursday in the act of accepting a bribe.

Officials of CIABOC have arrested Mahanama and Dissanayake while accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees from an Indian investor for the transfer of a land belongs to a state-owned sugar factory.