Bribery claims, but no complaints to CIABOC

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The opposition politicians had claimed that the government offered bribes to stop UPFA MPs from crossing over in the run-up to the presidential election, but no one has made a complaint to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).

CIABOC Director General Ganesh R. Dharmawardena told The Island that according to the law they couldn’t investigate allegations that appear in newspapers or public statements made by politicians.

Dharmawardene said that no one had formally lodged a complaint with the CIABOC regarding any attempt to offer bribes to parliamentarians to remain in the UPFA government or to cross over to the UNP.

"If someone lodges a complaint we can launch an investigation on it," Dharmawardena said, noting that those who had been offered bribes could complain and those who had to give bribes at the request of another party could also make complaints.

Former Minister Navin Dissanayake, who crossed over to the UNP on Sunday, said at a media conference that he had been offered Rs. 100 million to remain in the UPFA coalition, but he had rejected it. Nuwara Eliya District MP Dissanayake, contacted for comment, said that besides the offering of bribes many more irregularities and corruption had taken place under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

"We will appoint a special Presidential Commission after the victory of Opposition Presidential Candidate Maitripala Sirisena at January 08 poll to probe bribery and corruption", Dissanayake said.

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