AGs Department seeks to freeze accounts of PNB officers suspected of trafficking drugs

AGs Department seeks to freeze accounts of PNB officers suspected of trafficking drugs

AGs Department seeks to freeze accounts of PNB officers suspected of trafficking drugs

Written by Zulfick Farzan

09 Jul, 2020 | 1:03 am

Colombo (News 1st); The Attorney General’s Department on Wednesday (08) presented facts to court under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against two Police Constables charged with being party to a drug trafficking ring.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate, Constables Batuwita-wattage Ruwan Pushpakumara and Jayasinghege Saman Kumara Jayasinghe had generated money illegally by operating a drug trafficking ring whilst serving as police officers and maintaining links with drug traffickers.

DSG Peiris requested Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne to issue an order freezing 43 banks accounts containing Rs. 4.6 Million maintained under the names of 16 police officers and 03 civilian suspects.

Further, the OIC of the Financial Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department requested court to suspend the bank accounts of the suspects and their relatives as well the property purchased by them using money from trafficking drugs.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne said a order is not necessary to proceed with such action, adding an order from ASP or senior ranked police officer is sufficient for such purpose.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate however noted detectives are welcome to file a motion with court if any assistance is required.

The two Police Constables were placed in remand custody until the 21st of July.

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