ACF Report # 152 - Justice Delayed: ACF looks into the delayed of the justice in the "Anti-corruption drive" in Sri Lanka by it's latest report.
The Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) commenced its operations on January 14, 2015. Following the defeat of the Rajapaksa administration, we requested concerned citizens to send in complaints regarding various financial irregularities which had taken place since 2008. We received information concerning bribery, corruption, abuse of state property and other such matters. We verified the complaints and collected the necessary documents/evidence with the assistance of experts in different fields. The ACF facilitated the national challenge of ‘A Corruption Free Country By 2020’ campaign. The ACF has since used independent experts, who work on a voluntary basis, to prepare our complaints.
The ACF has thus far sent over 420 detailed complaints to the necessary law enforcement authorities, namely the CID, the FCID, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, crimes divisions of the Police and the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges. As a follow up exercise, we had a close look at the complaints made by the ACF and those made by a few other individuals.
The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has completed investigations into a number of complaints we lodged and had subsequently sent the files to the Attorney General’s Department for legal action to be taken. However, the former Attorney General and a Senior Solicitor General prevented further action from taking place and that is the reason why we criticized the Attorney General during the last few months. We also feared that a corrupt officer might be appointed as the new Attorney General. Now however we have hope with the new appointee to the post of the Attorney General and we are carrying out daily activities to remind the relevant authorities and the public of the irregularities which took place during the Rajapaksa administration. Given below are details of the complaints pertaining to which action had been delayed.
(The 10 page report attached)
Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon
Executive Director/CHR-Sri Lanka
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