Amidst serious allegations that incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena was involved in a bribery scandal when he was a cabinet minister, Sirisena in a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald has said, “no knowledge of the incident” and requested further details to “ascertain the involvement of any of his office staff.”
“Mr Sirisena did not respond to detailed questions.” the Newspaper said.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Australian Federal Police is currently carrying out investigations involving the iconic Snowy Mountains Engineering Company (SMEC) where it is reported that the company’s overseas staff allegedly bribed officials to secure a US $ 2.3 million aid funded sewerage project in Sri Lanka in 2011.
Company emails also reveal Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his adviser allegedly demanded political ‘donation’ to be paid by SMEC when Mr. Sirisena was a cabinet minister.” the Newspaper said.
Based on the investigations, the emails show a plot to skim the money off a World Bank-funded dam project in 2009. According to the Newspaper, if the company had made the ‘donation’ Sirisena was to approve the awarding of the dam contract to SMEC, which was worth US $ 1.8 million.