Bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will

Bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will be punished in keeping with the powers vested in it.He stated that already a few witnesses, who had provided evidence

PRECIFAC goes tough

By Pahan Wijesekera and Premalal Wijesekera

Secretary of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Large Scale Corruption and Fraud (PRECIFAC) Lacille de Silva said that anyone found guilty of threatening or bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will be punished in keeping with the powers vested in it.He stated that already a few witnesses, who had provided evidence before PRECIFAC, had pointed out how they had been either threatened or pressured not to give evidence before the Commission and that they have already asked its officials to initiate investigations into the same.

Meanwhile, PRECIFAC has decided to constitute legal action against former Minister of Coconut Development Jagath Pushpakumara and former Deputy General Manager of Kohombana Model Coconut Garden, Ajith Weragoda, on charges of threatening witnesses against providing evidence on corruption activities related to the Coconut Research Institute.

2B3E11B900000578-3192327-image-a-3_1439215298525Both Pushapakumara and Weragoda are respondents in the ongoing corruption case involving the Coconut Research Institute.
This decision has been given by Chairman of PRECIFAC and High Court Judge Preethi Padman Surasena after having analysed the evidence given before it by Mohammad Ali Mohammad Hariz.

Mohammad Ali Mohammad Hariz, who is the Additional Manager of Kohombana Model Coconut Garden had mentioned about threats being issued to him on phone upon being questioned by PRECIFAC Chairman and HC Judge Preethi Padman Surasena and Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva.
Hariz had told the Commission that Deputy GM Ajith Weragoda had warned him on the phone that if he were to reveal what took place at Welikandawatta, then, he should be prepared to face up to its consequences.