men shocked at Public Service Commission decision
Customs Department officials are up in arms over a decision to reinstate
a colleague of theirs who was an accused and later turned state
witness in the murder case of another Customs official Sujith Perera.
officials have expressed their strong displeasure at the decision
by the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Finance Ministry
to re-instate the official in the Department even though the Courts
had discharged him.
were sentenced to death for conspiring to murder Sujith Perera who
was gunned down at Kiribathgoda on his way to work in March 2002.
The Customs officials who did not wish to be identified said they
fear that their investigations into several important cases could
be jeopardised by the reinstatement of this person.
that the brother of this person was on the board of directors of
the company in whose name two light planes, which could be used
for surveillance, had been imported into the country in November.
They said investigations
into this case and several other cases could be affected by the
reinstatement of the official. "Many of the officials who could
afford to migrate left the country after Sujith Perera's killing.
Now even before
the dust could settle on the matter, they have reinstated a man
who had a hand in his demise. In these circumstances how can we
continue our work without fear or favour," a Customs official