Thursday, January 3, 2013
Customs Director arrested on bribery charges
The Commission to investigate Bribery or Corruption said today it had arrested a Customs Director who heads the Preventive Division on charges for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.1 million to issue a certificate for the release of a container carrying spare parts.
Bribery Commission Director General Lakshmi Jayawickarama said it had been revealed that initially the customs officer had asked for Rs.5 million from a vehicle spare parts importer at Ibankatuwa in Negombo but this was later reduced to Rs.2 million.
“The Customs Director was arrested while in the act of accepting a part of the bribe,” she said.
Two teams were deployed to arrest the customs officer.