CIABOC starts investigation into attempted bribery of MPs

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) yesterday provided a detailed statement to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), pursuant to a complaint filed by TISL on 5 November, relating to allegations of attempts to bribe MPs. 

In the statement provided, 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. 

TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said: “There are three key points to flag from the recorded conversations. One is the offer of 500 million rupees (50 crores) to crossover. Secondly, the offer to pay the amount in US dollars and thirdly, the willingness to carry out the transaction in Anamaduwa.” 

The offence of bribing a member of parliament carries a prescribed prison term of up to seven years under the provisions of the Bribery Act. CIABOC officials confirmed to TISL today 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,” Obeyesekere added.