Cops seeking sexual bribes to be dealt with

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The Public Security Ministry said that disciplinary action has already been taken against certain police officers for soliciting various bribes, including sexual bribes, adding that such officers would be dealt with seriously.

Speaking to The Morning, Public Security Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Jagath Alwis said that it would pay close attention to such incidents and take necessary action. “Accordingly, the process of taking disciplinary action against the officers involved in such incidents has already commenced and they would be seriously dealt with,” he added.

“There have been incidents like this before too, but they have not been reported due to not taking proper action against them. But now we are taking the necessary steps expeditiously by paying serious attention and that is why these are being reported like this,” he said.

He also said that the Police Department employs nearly 86,000 officers and that only a handful of them are involved in such incidents. “However, we are of the view that such incidents should not take place at all. Whenever there are such incidents, necessary steps will be taken accordingly.”

In the past few months, there have been reports of several incidents where police officers have solicited various bribes and the latest incident was reported last week. On 28 October, investigation officers of the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) arrested a Chief Inspector (CI) who acted as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Wanathawilluwa Police Station, for attempting to obtain a sexual bribe. The said suspect had solicited a sum of Rs. 100,000 and a sexual bribe in order to provide relief for the complaints against the defendant, to provide ease for the latter by presenting facts orally on behalf of the cases against her, for which trials are being conducted at a court in Puttalam. The suspect was thus arrested when he had attempted to get the sexual bribe first.