No 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.

This 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.

Lawyers 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.

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