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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 - 10:56
Rs. 20mn bribe – suspects remanded, complainant being threatened
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President’s former Chief of Staff Dr.  I. K. Mahanama and the former Chairman of Timber Corporation P. Dissanayake have been further remanded until 22nd of May after being produced before Colombo Additional Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala this morning (May 09).


The two suspects were arrested for allegedly accepting Rs. 20 million as a bribe from an Indian investor.

The Bribery Commission informed the court that the Presidential Secretariat and the State Timber Corporation have not yet sent them the necessary documents to assist with the ongoing investigation.

As a result, the commission requested additional time to complete the investigations.

The Bribery Commission also informed the court that the complainant has been threatened.

The commission informed the court that an individual who introduced himself as a member of the LTTE Intelligence Unit visited the office of the complainant on Rosemead Place.

The visitor had requested details from the office promising to help the complainant, it was revealed.

The accused public servants Mahanama and Dissanayake had demanded a bribe of Rs. 540 million from the Indian investor in return for assisting the investor to acquire shares of Kantale Sugar Company.

Bribery sleuths arrested the suspects while the bribe was being handed over in a hotel car park in Colombo on 3rd of May.

President’s ex-Chief of Staff, Dr. Mahanama had functioned as the Secretary to the Ministry of Land before being appointed to the new post.

Kantale Sugar Company came under the purview of the then Ministry of Land.

Meanwhile, Nalin Gunawardane, the son of former Minister late M. K. A. D. S.  Gunawardena said that Dr. Mahanama has made false allegations against his late father in connection with this bribery incident.

The SLFP Chief Organizer for Seruwila electorate, Nalin Gunawardana revealed this at a media conference held in Colombo today (May 09).

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