Government assures credibility of probe

FCIDThe Government today assured the credibility of the investigations being conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACC).

A statement by the Prime Minister’s office noted that the FCID is only a functional division of the Police Department, which was established in response to the emerging trend of serious financial frauds. This division was established in terms of the provisions of the section 55 of the Police Ordinance, with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and it operates under the exclusive supervision and direction of the Inspector General of Police.

There are 64 functional divisions in the Police Department such as Terrorist Investigation Division, Criminal Records Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Colombo Crimes Division, Narcotics Bureau, Child & Women Bureau, Fraud Investigation Bureau, Environment Protection Division etc.

“In fact, most of those divisions were not there at the very inception of the Police Department. Those divisions were established from time to time to cater to the contemporary trends, in the same manner the FCID was established. No any special statutory power or mandate has been given to the FCID other than the powers vested with the Police Department. The purpose of establishing this division is to employ the services of experienced group of officers to handle investigations on financial crimes of grave nature and expedite those investigations,” the statement by the Prime Minister’s office said.

The statement also noted that the Anti-Corruption Committee is a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by the Prime Minister, which was setup as per a decision taken at the Cabinet meeting held on 21.01.2015. This Committee was setup with a view to recommending measures to be adopted to prevent the occurrence of large scale corruption and frauds in future. On the recommendation of the Anti-Corruption Committee and the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers a dedicated Secretariat named Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat was also established to coordinate the investigations of the allegations on serious frauds, financial crimes and corruption.

“It should be noted that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Police Department or the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat are not controlled by the Cabinet Sub-committee on Anti-Corruption by any means, although the progress of the investigations carried out not only by the FCID but also by the other law enforcement agencies is reviewed once a week so as to ensure effective law enforcement,” the statement said.

The Government, in the statement, assured the independence of the investigations carried out by all the law enforcement agencies in the country including the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and denies any sort of undue political intervention to the enforcement of law. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Regardless how we feel, FCID is a good thing for the country. We have so much corruption and the country is financially reeling. I have no allegiance to any party or politician.

  2. I would submit that the corruption probes extend all the way into the Mrs. Bandaranayeka govt; World Bank loans for various developments, were they complted? How can the children of these elitist people send their children to schools abroad for eduction? How can they own properties in England are the many questions leading to the systematic ripping off of our dear citizens struggling to live each day? Is this real justice in a small nation like ours?

  3. Have the Officers manning these Divisions been vetted prior to their appointments.

    Did the Parliament approve the establishment of the Sub Committee and establishment of these divisions or was it an arbitary cabinet decision?

    Further, if no parlimentary approval was obtained, these are arbitary decisions the minority UNP cabinet has taken. It can be a highly controvercial issue.

    Can an Ordinary Citizen make direct complaint or has the complaint be made to the IGP who in turn directs FCID to Investigate? Has it been happening todate in this manner?
    OR Is it only the cabinet sub committee for ACC who directs complaints?
    What Investigations proof or on hearsy that complaints are directed?
    ISN’T THERE A CONFLICT OF POLITICAL INTEREST?
    IF FIGHTING CORRUPTUIN WHY BEGIM FROM THE LAST GOVERNMENT? WHAT ABOUT THOSE PREVIOUS TO THAT?
    Is this a mechanism to subdue person of threats to the Government?
    MANNER IN WHICH THINGS ARE HAPPENING ARE VERY DICEY & APPEARS TO BE VINDICTIVE.

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