Colombo Telegraph

AG’s Department Soft Peddling Bribery And Corruption Cases

In over a year, out of some 38 bribery and corruption related cases, the Attorney General’s Department has only given rulings to a mere four cases.

Jayantha Jayasuriya – AG

Even though the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has completed the investigations and sought the advice of the AG’s Department to proceed with 38 cases, the AG’s Department has delayed the process by not giving clear instructions to the FCID on how to proceed with the cases, which also include several high profile corruption cases, involving millions former VVIPs of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

Even though it has been over a year since the FCID completed certain investigations into many of these high profile cases, the AG’s Department has delayed in giving advice on how to proceed with 33 cases.

The four cases, to which the AG’s Department has given the ruling are; A case involving Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Pelpita, where funds from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission amounting to Rs. 600 million was allegedly illegally used to provide sil clothing.

The second case is in connection to a deposit of the Ceylon Electricity Board at the Peoples Leasing Company over the sum of Rs. 645 million. The people involved in this case include; Sanjiva Bandaranaika, Chandana Gunawardena, Duminda Silva and Arachchige Prasanna.

The third case to which the AG’s Department has granted advice to proceed is a case centering around Rs. 204 million, where the traditional Almanacs were printed from funds off the Divineguma Programme. The people involved in this case include, Basil Rajapaksa. The fourth case involving Nalaka Godahewa, and Dhammika Perera, is over an amount of Rs. 5 million involving Tharunyayata Hetak and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Among the high profile cases to which the AG’s Department has delayed in giving advice, so the FCID could proceed are; the case amounting to Rs. 306 million involving Wimal Weerawansa and his wife, Shashi, a case amounting to Rs. 2.9 billion involving Basil Rajapaksa, a case involving Ajith Nivard Cabraal, and P B Jayasundera among others over a hedging fund amounting to Rs. 200 to 700 million, and another case amounting to Rs. 600 million involving Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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