Sri Lankan National Charged for Paying Bribes to Waive Excess Baggage Charges

A Sri Lankan National Charged for Paying Bribes to Waive Excess Baggage Charges

          The accused, Kulathunga Arachchilage Nayanajith Lanka Kulathunga @ Darrol Rocago Rimers, is a Sri Lankan national. He is also a Singapore Permanent resident.

2         Investigation revealed that in 2008, the accused approached one Murali Gobal Krisnan (Murali), a Customer Service Agent employed by Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited and one Wong William (William), a Passenger Service Assistant employed by Changi International Airport Services Pte Ltd (CIAS) to waive the excess baggage charges for some passengers on flights to Sri Lanka. The duties of both Murali and William required them to assist passengers checking in for their flights and to ensure that the passengers’ checked-in baggage do not exceed the weight limit stipulated by the airline. In the event that it exceeded the weight limit, an excess baggage charge will be levied. Both Murali and William were also required to collect the excess baggage charges, where applicable.

3         On several occasions between May 2008 and Jan 2009, the accused requested William and Murali to waive the excess baggage charges that was to be levied on some of his Sir Lankan friends who wanted to check in more than 20kg of baggage. In return, the accused promised them gratifications ranging from $60/- to $200/-. These gratifications were handed over to William and Murali after they had rendered their services.

4         The accused appeared in court on 15th July 2010 for the offence of corruptly offering gratifications under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241.

5         The accused, who had made false declarations to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), will also be facing charges under section 57(1)(k) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 133.

Last updated: 12 Feb 2016