Former Customs officer arrested over areca nut fraud

A former Assistant Superintendent of Customs has been arrested for aiding the re-exportation of illegally imported areca nut containers.

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had launched investigations into the illegally imported containers from August to October 2020.

He said 23 containers of areca nut had been illegally imported from Indonesia under forged documents. Attempts had been made to re-export the containers to India by providing forged documents claiming that the areca nuts had been produced in Sri Lanka.

DIG Ajith Rohana said three suspects had been arrested and produced in Court earlier in connection to the stock of areca nuts that has been valued at over Rs. 300.

Further investigations had identified the involvement of a former Assistant Superintendent of Customs.

The Police Spokesman said the former officer who is under interdiction had been arrested by the Police yesterday.

He has been charged with entering forged documents into the system of the Customs Department for the re-exportation of the containers.

DIG Ajith Rohana said the 29-year-old suspect from Wadduwa was arrested by the CID yesterday.

He said the CID is conducting further investigations into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. It is been proved beyond doubt that the infringement of the law had taken place with the connivance of government officials, especially the government customs officials which has enabled these types of ¬†fraud and corrupt practices draining the government millions in revenue to the treasury over the years. If not for the connaivance of the Customs Officials and other government officials who are bribed in the millions by these business enterprises or business individuals who are just a handfull, how can these be happening? The bigest threat to the “PEOPLES” welbeing and “DEVELOPMENT” of our “MAATHRUBOOMIYA” is not terrorism or extremism as it seems. IT IS THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS OF PUBLIC SERVICES IN THE COUNTRY. HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, do NOT fear the 1.3 million odd public/government servants because they may retaliate if you take action against them or strike and cripple the economy/country, but like how you eradicate the ruthless LTTE in 2009, wage war against these corrupt officials and rid the country of this menace once and for all. Those patriotic government officials/servants who love their “MAATHRUBOOMIYA” should come forward to help you do this. You have just 31/2 year left of your Presidency. Make it a “TOP PRIORITY” to rid corruption in the country during this balance period. The people will vote the present government and you again at the next elections, if you fulfill this inner “DESIRE” of our NATION. Even the humble voters supporting the opposition, JVP, SJB, TNA, SLMC & ACMC will give their votes for you to continue this “NOBLE” task for the benefit of our “NEXT GENERATION”.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Member “Viyathmaga”.

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