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Bribery case against Wimal fixed for August 9

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A case filed against former minister Wimal Weerawansa in connection with the unlawful acquisition of money and assets worth Rs.75 million was fixed for August 9 by the Colombo High Court.

The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe.

In this case, the Bribery Commission Director General had filed indictments against Wimal Weerawansa for the alleged unlawful acquisition of money and assets, estimated at Rs.75 million, within a period of six years, while serving as a Minister.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Director General alleged that the former Minister had committed this offence by way of undeclared assets between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2014. The indictments were filed under 39 incidents of monetary and property transactions estimated at Rs.75 million.

The CIABOC Director General alleged that the former Minister had unlawfully made 26 monetary transactions, constructed a house, and purchased lands and vehicles in contravention of Section 23(a) of the Bribery Act.

The Bribery Commission’s Director General further alleged that former Minister Weerawansa had owned these properties deemed under the provision of the Act to be property acquired through alleged bribery.

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