Sri Lanka PM, President in verbal spat over ex-bribery chief

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe denied a statement by President Maithripala Sirisena that he had recommended former bribery chief Dilrukshi Wickremesinghe for a supreme court justice post in new verbal spat.

Wickremesinghe hit headlines after excerpts of a recorded conversation with a the head of a security firm she was investigating was made public.

Wickremesinghe had reportedly spoken when the phone of a minister was handed over to her. She has asked for the full conversation to be made public, and the name of the minister to be revealed.

Wickremesinghe left the bribery commission around the time President Sirisena made some statements about the activities of the bribery commission.

President Sirisena said over the weekend that she had left the post suddenly, and that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had asked him to appoint her as a supreme court justice.

He also said Wickremesinghe had worked at an anti-corruption committee at Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s resident after working at the bribery commission.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the attorney general had already asked the public service commission to inquire into the matters relating to the telephone conversation.

The anti-corruption committee was a separate unit that was located elsewhere and not at Temple Trees, he said. (Colombo/Sept23/2019)

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