priority for political cases: Bribery Commission
The Permanent Commission to investigate Bribery and Corruption will
not give special priority to investigate the complaints against
Presidential candidates, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse or Opposition
leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
“We have to call for reports from the legal department before
deciding whether we could proceed with these cases”, Commission
Chairman Amir Ismail said.
week Minister Mangala Samaraweera lodged a complaint with the Bribery
Commission against Mr. Wickremesinghe claiming that he was implicated
in a Rs. 340 million fraud in supplying computers to the Prime Minister’s
office. Earlier a complaint had been lodged against the Prime Minister
for misusing the ‘Helping Hambantota’ fund.
of Mr. Rajapakse this week handed over the Supreme Court ruling
to the Bribery Commission in which the court had ordered the CID
to halt the investigation. “We are still studying the order,”
he said. He said, however, if the Commission was not a part of the
case, it was not bound by the ruling.