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Two suspects have been arrested while trying to offer a bribe of Rs.1.5 million to the OIC of the Sapugaskanda Police in an attempt to secure the release of former Deputy Mayor of the Wattala Urban Council, who is facing murder charges.

Thahir Rizan, the former Deputy Mayor of the Wattala Urban Council, is currently in remand custody in connection with the murder of an individual on August 5. In this incident, a 46-year-old individual who was traveling in a three-wheeler with his son was chased after and hacked to death. The former deputy mayor, who is the main suspect in this murder, had surrendered to the Peliyagoda Police on August 10 and was remanded in custody after being produced before the Wattala Magistrate’s Court on August 11.

As part of further investigations into the case, and with permission from the Wattaka Magistrate, OIC of the Sapugaskanda Police, Inspector Sugath Roshan Sanjeewa, had visited the Mahara Remand Prison to record a statement from the suspect yesterday (September 7). At this point, the suspect had asked the OIC to ensure his release and promised to provide a bribe of Rs.2.5 million in return. The suspect had further said he would be able to provide Rs.1.5 million of the money today (September 8).

OIC Sanjeewa had reported the matter to his superior officers and had also lodged a complaint with the Bribery Commission. Accordingly, officials from the Bribery Commission arrested two individuals in front of the Mahara Magistrate’s Court complex this morning while trying to offer Rs.1.5 million in cash to the OIC.

It has also been revealed that the two arrested suspects are brothers of the former deputy mayor.