21 October, 2020

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Thirteen Prison Officers Interdicted For Taking Bribes

Thirteen Prison Officers at the Colombo’s main jail have been interdicted after authorities found that they have been receiving bribes from drug lord Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda.

 Samantha Kumara

Samantha Kumara

According to Police sources, the number of prison officers who have received bribes from the notorious drug kingpin is said to be much higher.

Wele Suda is said to have coordinated his criminal activities and lived like a prince in the magazine prison by bribing officers.

Wele Suda was arrested in Pakistan and brought to Sri Lanka on January 14 by the CID in connection with a large number of cases connected to the drug dealings.

The suspect has amassed a massive wealth from drug trafficking and fled the country with his wife last year when police moved on him.

Wele Suda has revealed the names of over 30 persons allegedly involved in the drug racket in the country including a Colombo District parliamentarian and a former Inspector General of Police.

Wele Suda is said to have used a mobile cash payment system to bribe officers.

Currently authorities are perusing details of a number other prison officers who have been named as bribe takers by Wele Suda himself.

This is one of the biggest scandals to hit the prisons department which is already reeling under accusations of various nefarious activities by its officers.

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    One thing I was quite astonished was the number of prison officers involved in the operation.

    There must be 3 x more than needed loitering near the court house. Things are obviously very profitable around there.

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      RE: Thirteen Prison Officers Interdicted For Taking Bribes

      A good start. The message need to get out. You will be caufgt and puniahed.

      Beginning to see a silver lining in Yaha-Palanaya, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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      Oi Vibitchana, this is your Sinhalame police system. These Sinhala jokers cant bring justice to any one. How can you trust the Sinhalame government on an internal inquiry to bring justice on war crimes commited by the Sinhalame government.? I bet they all will take bribe from Mahinda Jarapassa and drop the case sooner or later.

  • 4
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    At last the wheels of justice seem to be moving. Slow as it may be, I hope the king pins in the drug trade & the higher officials are also eventually apprehended instead of the lowly minnows.

  • 4
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    Interdicted?! They should be horse whipped in Public and sacked.

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      Pygmalion

      When STF massacred inmates at Welikada Prison Black and Deckers welcomed it as if the inmates deserved to die.

      How STF and Black and Decker missed these prison officers is still a mystery.

      Don’t get me wrong for I oppose capital punishment.

  • 3
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    Only the small fish are being caught. What about the big ones -Mahendran and son-in-law, Mahajaraa the Tsunami Hora, the ex-PM who impotred kudu by the containerload et, etc, etc

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    Yeah right! The Prison officers, Customs officers, Police officers are just learning how to take bribes.

    Anybody even bothered to ask Anura Senanayake how he managed to buy half of the Bake House property? I think we are all looked on as a bunch of idiots who can be fooled with little distractions, every once in while.

    And some of us are more than happy to oblidge.

  • 1
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    People, don’t get too excited.

    The small fry are being netted or shown to be netted.

    The big fry are living life to the fullest with drug money and ethanol money or plain stolen money. They will never be caught.

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    If these things were done properly probably the entire department will have to be sacked. The government service has been used as the employment agency providing jobs for the unqualified by ministers going way back. This practice was taken over and amplified to Nth degree by Namal baby and his cohorts who even applied pressure on private companies. The result of this is the whole place is chocked full of unqualified sycophants loyal to MR running the government service. Taking bribes is normal for these people. Tissa Balasuriya the former IGP should be behind bars for what he did as IGP. What a mess the police department is in can only be imagined when it’s former IGP in implicated in drug running. There are impeachable judges sitting on the supreme court we learn. One of whom is accused of domestic violence while the case is being hidden by yet another corrupt institution the AGs department. Just thinking of the monumental mess every single law enforcement agency and department in Sri Lanka is in, gives me a headache.

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    Native.

    Thats you fine.

    Without capital punishment,how do we clear the decks?

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      Pygmalion

      “Without capital punishment,how do we clear the decks?”

      Why do you want to clear the desk?

      You put them in prison with a clear message, life means life. Name them and shame them, conduct periodical tour of the prison for the locals.

      Criminals take chances, if they are hanged they are dead and gone, it is not an incentive for others to learn and refrain from committing serious crimes.

      If hanging is the only available punishment then the population would be halved over night, reduced to 10.5 million from 21 million.

      Then the question is who is going to hang the last person.

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