Focus on Corruption : 2008 August 19 – 24

Focus on Corruption : 2008 August 19 – 24

Education leads the list
Education sector leads in the field of charges of bribery with 236 complaints, according to Bribery Commission sources. Among them are 148 principals. Second in the list is the Police department.
More in: Lankadeepa 15 August Editorial 19 August

Government put on notice
Senior government officials are put on notice to take action on the Supreme Court judgment relating to John Keells Holdings being given valuable state land for free. The Bribery Commission chairman, the IGP and the Attorney General are the officials concerned.
More in The Sunday Leader 17 August

Bribery charges against politicians
Bribery Commission has stared investigations against 62 prominent politicians. Among them are powerful Cabinet & non-Cabinet ministers, and provincial council ministers
More in: Rivira 17 August

Over 400 cases pending
More than 400 cases against politicians and public officials are pending in the Assets Unit of the Bribery Commission with no indictments being served.
More in: Sunday Times 17 August

Time till 10 September
Lanka Marina Services belonging to JKH have been given time till 10 September to hand over the land to the Ports Authority.
More in: Dinamina 19 August

Bribery charges against ex-chief minister
Preliminary investigations have begun into the bribery and corruption charges leveled against the former NCP Provincial Council Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake by the JVP.
More in: Lankadeepa 20 August & Lakbima 21 August

Losses being ignored
Losses incurred by Tamankaduwa Pradesheeiya Sabha due to fraudulent transactions are being swept under the carpet.
More in Lakbima 21 August

A massive loss
Government has lost over Rs 100 million over the last five years by leasing out the Ceylon Port Services to an Indian company in 2003, employees complain.
More in: Lakbima 21 August

Blood Bank director transferred
Blood Bank director and another doctor have been transferred with immediate effect to facilitate the ongoing investigations relating to the use of expired plasma kits for preserving blood. Two storekeepers have been interdicted.
More in: Daily News Island & Daily Mirror 22 August
Also in: Divaina 14, 15, 1 9, 21, 22 August
Lakbima 17, 22 August
Lankadeepa 22 August

Court order not adhered to
A ruling by the Supreme Court to pay compensation to Tony Emmanuel Fernando on the fundamental rights petition filed by him against harassing him in jail when serving a sentence for contempt of court has still not been complied with.
More in: Ravaya 24 August
Police delays arrest
The failure of the Police to arrest Labour Minister Mervyn Silva in spite of a magisterial order “to arrest him immediately” led to strong protests by media organizations who even demanded the resignation of the IGP. Later Mervyn Silva surrendered to court when he was released on bail after severely warning him that the bail would be cancelled should he engage in any unruly acts.
More in: Daily Mirror 19, 20,22 August

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