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Indictment served on President’s former Chief of Staff and STC Chairman

The Permanent High Court trial at bar yesterday served indictments on the President’s former Chief of Staff Kusumdasa Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka over a bribery case filed by the Bribery Commission.

This is for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs.540 million, accepting another Rs.20 million from an Indian investor who wanted to acquire a section of the Kantale sugar factory.

The Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne ordered the two accused to be released on a cash bail of Rs.500,000 with two sureties of one million rupees each.

The Court further issued an order preventing the two accused from leaving the country. The case is to be taken up again on July 22 in order to ascertain whether the defence has received documents relevant to the indictments or not.

The Director General of the Bribery Commission had filed indictments against the two accused under 24 counts for allegedly committing offences punishable under Section 19 (b), (c ), 25(2) and 25(3) of the Bribery Act.The two accused had been arrested at a car park of a luxury hotel in the capital Colombo, on May 03, 2018 by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption while accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million.

The Bribery Commission had named 46 individuals as witnesses and further listed 41 items as production items in the case.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appeared for the Bribery Commission. President’s Counsel Anil de Silva with Rienzie Arsecularatne PC appeared for the accused.

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Permanent HC served indictments on Mahanama and Piyadasa (14:06)

The permanent High Court today served indictments on the President’s former Chief of Staff  I.H.K. Mahanama and the former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation Piyadasa Dissanayake.

The two suspects were arrested by the Bribery Commission last year for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs. 540 million accepting another Rs. 20 million from an Indian investor who wants to acquire a section of the Kantale sugar factory.

The permanent High Court also issued an order preventing the accused from leaving the country without court permission.