intimidates Bribery Commission
By Aisha Edris
In what is alleged to be an act of indirect
intimidation against the independent investigations carried out
by the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC),
the Officer-In-Charge of the Commission’s Asset Investigation
Unit, P.A. Premashantha, has been transferred with immediate
effect by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Victor Perera.
CIABOC Director General Piyasena Ranasinghe said that it was
normal practice to usually consult the Commission before
transferring any of the officers from the commission. However,
in this case, for unknown reasons, the IGP appears to have made
an ad hoc decision to transfer this officer. The officer was
conducting investigations into assets belonging to ministers and
high ranking police officers.
Premashantha has been transferred with immediate effect to a
police station in the Ampara District.
“The officer concerned did not have any charges levelled against
him. Our commission did not complain about him. He was an
officer who did his work properly,” Ranasinghe told The Nation.
According to the Director General, authorised officers attached
to the commission had not been transferred by any IGP in the
past. “This act has affected the independence of our commission.
Most of the officers are now not willing to work freely as there
is a fear of them too being transferred to different parts of
the country,” he added.