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Sajin pleads guilty

Former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena pleaded guilty in a corruption case filed against him by the Bribery Commission yesterday.

He was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.1000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. This is the third time in Sri Lanka that a politician was convicted by a Court over an offence that comes under the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed a corruption case in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court against former Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena over the non-declaration of assets and liabilities while he was serving as a Parliamentarian between March 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012. According to the Assets and Liabilities Law, the Court has jurisdiction to impose a Rs.1,000 fine or one year jail term for a person who is found guilty to the charges.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Artigala fined Rs.1,000 and observed that the accused will have to serve one-month-jail term in default of the fine.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed charges against the former MP in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court under Section 9 of the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law No. 1 of 1975.

On April 6, 2017, former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva had pleaded guilty in three corruption cases filed against him by Bribery Commission and he was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.3,000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

On July 20, 2017, former Petroleum Industries Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena who pleaded guilty in two corruption cases filed against him by Bribery Commission had been ordered to pay a fine of Rs.2000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate. 


 

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I was fined 3000 bucks by courts for breeding mosquito on a yoghurt cup, Sajin Rs 1000 unbelievable isn't it truly a banana republic

A thousand rupee fine ..for crime .well ask a normal person the street value in goods and services of a Rs 1000 ..if that was all this man should not have wasted time but straight away paid the fine and driven on .

Is that all? What about all the money he robbed by way of commissions etc and why is it that this money is not recoevered? How come the FCID never found out how he became so rich and powerful within a short span of time when he was just riding a motor bike and where did all that money come from afterwards/ Is the judiciary also corrupt to let go these horu scott free. ?

If an ordinary poor man rob someone, that man will be jailed & may be fined too. But if a corrupt politician rob Million, Oh, he get away with a fine of Rs. 1000. What a joke of a judicial system we have. One for Law for the rich & another one for the poor. No wonder , even after almost 3 years under 'Yahapalanaya', the leaders, children & the whole families who robbed Billions, and now have the ownership to many properties are going in luxury cars without been charged, fined & jailed. It looks, the jail is only for the poor.

isn't TAX man going to check for assets he had before entering parliament and now. Is the issue now over? This is criminal and the laws in Sri Lanka is also deranged.

What a terrible punishment! The man laughs himself in the fists and continues his thing.

A peanut fine for corruption which seriously demands amendment of the Legislation, to increase fines for such offences.

A peanut fine for corruption which demands Amendment of Legislation to increase fines for such offences in future .A shame on the Legal Profession.

In the case of all financial misappropriations by VIPs , the proposed verdict should go to Chief Justice's scrutiny before it is passed.This should be done in the best interest of Sri Lanka.Otherwise we have no faith in verdicts passed on VIPs in Sri Lanka

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