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Allegations of bribery and corruption | 28 persons in custody 

By Skandha Gunasekara 

There has been a total of 28 arrests pertaining to bribery or corruption in recent months, The Morning learnt.

“We have carried out 23 raids since January this year and arrested 28 people,” Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Director – Investigations SSP Padmini Weerasuriya told The Morning.

She said that Mannar public officials had been arrested on Wednesday (19) for accepting a bribe of Rs. 60,000.

“On Tuesday (18) we carried out three more raids.”

Weerasuriya said that among those arrested were a principal, eight police officers, a Transport Board official, a Department of Immigration official, a divisional secretary, Provincial Secretary Assistant Director – Planning, a grama sevaka, a Central Cultural Fund official, a Health Ministry official, a Motor Traffic Department official, and six civilians.

“Giving, receiving, or even facilitating a bribe is illegal,” she asserted.