Former SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment with one year suspended for 5 years for falsely stating his permanent residence was in Buca Village and obtaining more than $20,000 as parliamentary allowance.
This means he will spend 2 years in prison.
Nawaikula had lied about living in Buca Village between August 2019 and April 2020 and obtained $20,201.35 in parliamentary allowances. He was convicted of one count of Giving False Information to a Public Servant and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage.
While delivering the sentence, High Court Judge Justice Dr. Thushara Kumarage says Nawaikula committed the highest breach of trust to the people and the nation.
He says the money could have been used to provide more computers to a school in his village or better health care.
Justice Dr. Kumarage says he betrayed public trust in honourable Members of Parliament and his action decreased the confidence in democratic processes of the country.
He adds Nawaikula's actions were also premeditated.
Meanwhile Police Chief of Operations, ACP Abdul Khan says they escorted Nawaikula out through the judges chambers for security reasons.
ACP Khan says this is to ensure they follow a professional and smooth operation after the sentencing of a high profile person.
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