Seized garments released after order from higher up

9 August 2012 02:17 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A stock of garments which were seized this morning by Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was released after instructions came from ‘above’ ordering the officials to release it to the group of businessmen who had imported them.

A highly placed Customs official said that the officials who went from the Colombo Special Investigation Unit had taken the garments into custody and informed the businessmen that they could collect the items from the Customs office in Colombo after they had been inspected.

However, the businessmen had protested against the detention of the garments and contacted a few politicians who, in turn, had got in touch with high ranking Customs officials.

The Customs officials had subsequently released the goods after they were ordered to do so and not taken them to the office in Colombo.

  Comments - 19

  • Nodrog Thursday, 09 August 2012 02:32 PM

    Disgusting state of affairs. Obviously the 'higher up' is also involved.

    Cyril Alwis Friday, 10 August 2012 09:29 AM

    48% of Sri Lankans are fools. They know nothing about economy or to anylise the situtation in Sri Lanka. They are prepared sell their valuable votes for packet of rice without knowing the consequences.


    shiyam Friday, 10 August 2012 03:15 AM

    Tip of the Iceberg!

    Dinithi Friday, 10 August 2012 10:03 AM

    Ugly, pathetic, shameless. When we bring a piece of new cloth they question us in the harshest way possible.

    Reader Friday, 10 August 2012 04:16 AM

    DM thanks for letting us know !

    Wild Friday, 10 August 2012 10:47 AM


    ceylon Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:16 PM

    How could you ever enforce law and order in a country and no wonder SL is going backwards.

    jeyarajah Friday, 10 August 2012 05:02 AM

    poor customs officers,only tax from poor.

    jayantha Friday, 10 August 2012 05:07 AM

    This is a criminal act. How long are we going to tolerate this kind of unbearabel corupption ?

    Shankar Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:33 PM

    Same thing could have happened in stranded diesel import. Where Country going?

    Renu Friday, 10 August 2012 05:30 AM

    Top people would have taken a big chunk

    Renu Friday, 10 August 2012 05:39 AM

    Blame the people who voted this government in

    Jayantha Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:58 PM

    What a Country, What a Law and What a Life??

    jterm Friday, 10 August 2012 12:38 AM

    Our very own leather industry is suffering because of illegal shoe imports such as this. Behavior such as this is jeopardizing the jobs of 500+ employees as we too are looking at the cost benefit of importing vs manufacturing. If the government is serious about creating better manufacturing opportunities thus leading to greater exports, they will need to show some proper backbone with the customs department :(

    nadarajah Friday, 10 August 2012 01:15 AM

    chinthanaya at its best

    Observer Saturday, 11 August 2012 06:06 AM

    Where is Law and order in this Country these politicians and their henchmen will ruin this country and call it is the "paradise"

    YATI-BADA-GEMMBA Friday, 10 August 2012 08:10 AM

    LAW, what Law??? in LAWLESS SRI-LANKA!!!!!!

    brinthan Friday, 10 August 2012 03:07 PM

    The thing is if we take India this kind of goods can we protest? never? Indian officials even stop and question Sarukkhan and famous people in Indian after paying necessary tax.
    In SL there is a long standing problem. that these garments are brought by Indian poor people and handing over here for the last 25 years.
    Therfore immediately cannot be stopped, further, custom on duty are supportive of this businessman and they pay less normal amount. outside., and many people depend on this.

    It is brought daily and sometime colombo special group go and seize them, Now Ramadaan period, there fore, Businessmen got angry and protest

    tissa Friday, 10 August 2012 03:01 PM

    I bought in a SINGLE tyre for my car,They charged me after a long lecture....huhhh One country several LAWS.....ane anicchang

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