The late Sujith Prasanna Perera, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs who was gunned down at Kelaniya was declared the National Integrity Award winner at the National Integrity Award ceremony 2010 organised by Transparency International.
Two customs officers whose corrupt practices he had exposed allegedly plotted his death. Sujith Perera was gunned down at Kelaniya as a result of a conspiracy by the two officers whose corrupt activities were exposed by him.
|The wife of the late Sujith Perera
Moulavi Y. Hathiyathullah (a Muslim priest) from Trincomalee also won recognition for his service in preventing corruption.
Mr. Kanak Mani Dixit, a world renowned social activist and internationally acclaimed journalist from Nepal was chief guest at the ceremony.
Transparency International which organised the event, described Mr. Perera as a man who treated everybody alike, without fear or favour.
Joining the department in August 1989, he served in several divisions including the Intelligence & Investigations Division, the Preventive Division and the Automated Data Processing Division.
He was also Joint Secretary of the Customs Officers' Union.
His wife accepted the award.
Moulavi Y. Hathiyathullah who received a ‘Recognition Award’ for his role and involvement in anti-corruption activities, is a school principal as well as the secretary of the Kinniya branch of the All-Ceylon Jemiyyathul Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians).
He was reognised for his role in bringing to book a group of persons who were involved illegally transporting 25 (50 kg) bags of rice from a school to a private sales outlet.
The rice was meant to be distributed by students to poor families in the area.