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VAT scam: 8 convicted get 20 years RI

26 September 2014 10:17 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The eight accused convicted in the VAT case were today sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The sentences imposed on the several charges they faced were to run concurrently.

The convicts were also fined three times the amount the convicts had defrauded with the case being held in absentia.

The eight convicts -- Mohamed Kamil Kuthubdeen found guilty of having defrauded the Government of Rs.1,822,301,753.76 was fined Rs.5,466,905,261.28; Rasheed Mohamed Mursheed had defrauded Rs.2,117,062,596.40 was fined Rs.6,361,187, 789.20; Bakeer Mohamed Rifaz alias Riyas had defrauded Rs.3,680,641,111.65 was imposed a fine of Rs.11,041,923,334.65; A.S.M. Awamy had defrauded Rs.251,302,387.60 was fined Rs.753,907,162.80; M.M.A Irshad alias Mohamed Naseer Cader had defrauded Rs.1,187,762,968.11 was fined Rs.3,563,288,904.33; N.A.

Mohamed Nasmi alias Abdul Ibrahim had defrauded Rs.831,807,226.80 was fined Rs.2,495,421,680.40; A.W.M.P Safie alias Meera Sahibo Liyakath Ali had defrauded Rs.208,678,248.95 was fined Rs.626,034,746.85 and M.K.M. Sakine had defrauded Rs.29,900,194 was fined Rs. 89,700,584.40.

High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe also ordered the CID to seek the assistance of Interpol to arrest the convicts. She also directed the CID to check the assets owned by the convicts in and outside the country so that they could be confiscated.

The convicts were charged under the Public Property Act. Senior State Counsel Shanyl Kularatne prosecuted. The case was postponed for October 3.

The former Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner Agampodi Gnanasiri De Soysa who faced trial earlier was found guilty and sentenced to jail while several of the other accused pleaded guilty to the charges at various stages of the trial. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

  Comments - 7

  • mount Saturday, 27 September 2014 08:53 PM

    This is the reason prices go up.

    Mohamed Sunday, 28 September 2014 09:50 AM

    Great verdict via DM Android App

    weera Friday, 26 September 2014 02:11 PM

    Is it a ploy to please the public? Prove it by arresting them like they did to KP and Karuna.

    Lima Friday, 26 September 2014 03:22 PM


    Fair N Square Saturday, 27 September 2014 03:15 AM

    So I heard too.... that they are in Dubai and some are in India... Wonder how the Immigration in SL could BLINDLY issue them NEW passports after their old ones expired when they are all wanted for the BIGGEST DAY LIGHT ROBBERY in SL. I heard that MOST of the Politicians when in Dubai stay at HOTELS owned by these culprits...sad case...

    Thattaya Friday, 26 September 2014 11:54 AM

    They are all here in Dubai. Interpol not required to approached as the SLK embassy and the consulate knows them, having parites with them and also have provided second passpots to travel in and out of Dubai. CID officers from Colombo can come to Dubai and meet them easily in Dubai.

    usaguy Friday, 26 September 2014 05:34 PM

    what is the common factor of these crominals I think they should get a life sentence via DM Android App

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