Sri Lankan president starts SOE corruption probe

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has started a probe of corruption in state bodies from the start of his coalition government till December 2018 when the supreme court declared his controversial dissolution of parliament was illegal.

A statement from his office said the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the acts of corruption and frauds allegedly committed in state institutions during the period from January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018 should give him its final report in six months.

The first report is to be handed over within three months.

Sirisena triggered a constitutional crisis, and rating downgrades, in October 2018 when he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and dissolved parliament.

The supreme court overturned the decision in December 2018, saying it was unconstitutional.

The statement from Sirisena’s office said the new probe will cover the period from January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018. 

The commission has to identify people responsible for corruption and collect evidence on offences.

Retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyrathne was appointed as the Chairman of the presidential commission.

Other members are retired High Court Judge Sarojani Kusala Weerawardhana, retired Auditor General Pasdun Korale Arachchige Premathilake, retired Ministry Secretary Lalith.R.De Silva and retired Deputy Inspector General of Police M.K.D. Wijaya Amarasighe.

(Colombo/January 18/2019)





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