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The supreme court upholds the prison sentence of Maithrie's former chief of staff

The Supreme Court today (11) upheld the prison sentences given by the three-judge High Court of Colombo to Kusumdasa Mahanama, the former chief of staff of former President Maithripala Sirisena, and Piyadasa Dissanayake, the former chairman of the State Timber Corporation.

That was after announcing the decision of the appeal they had filed.

In 2018, the two were arrested by Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission officials while demanding a bribe of 54 million rupees from an Indian businessman and receiving 20 million rupees.

In relation to that, a case was filed against them under 24 charges before the three-judge High Court of Colombo, where Kusumdasa Mahanama was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor and a fine of 65,000 rupees and Piyadasa Dissanayake was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with hard labor and a fine of 50,000 rupees.

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