Ex-District Judge convicted of bribery gets 16-year RI

Ex-District Judge convicted of bribery gets 16-year RI

February 20, 2020   01:29 pm

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The Colombo High Court today (20) sentenced former Homagama District Judge Sunil Abeysinghe to 16-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for accepting a bribe of Rs. 300,000 back in 2013.

Abeysinghe’s then-personal security officer, Police Constable Mahinda Kithsiri who was convicted of aiding and abetting, also received the same sentence.

Colombo High Court Judge Aditya Patabandige, delivering the verdict, imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on both of them. If the two convicts fail to pay the fine they will be sentenced to an additional year of rigorous imprisonment, he further ruled.

The duo was also ordered to pay Rs. 300,000 that they had accepted as a bribe.

The Bribery Commission has arrested Abeysinghe along with his security officer in May 2013, while receiving a bribe of Rs. 300,000 from a person in Hanwella area to deliver a favourable verdict in a case that was being heard before him. The case was filed by a woman from Embulgama area.

Following a lengthy trial, the High Court judge ruled that the allegations against Abeysinghe and his then-security officer were proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

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