Dec 23, 2018

President urges to pass amended Bribery Commission Act Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has urged the United National Front government to pass the amendments to the Bribery Commission Act in January itself, the 'Mawbima' newspaper reports.

The debate with regards to the amendment were taken up by the Parliament on Oct. 22, but was postponed to a future date.

Soon after Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the PM on Dec. 18, the president had addressed the gathering of UNP MPs who were present at the ceremony and severely criticised the process being postponed.

The president had said :

"On 26 October, I appointed Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. Four days before that, an Amendment to the Bribery and Corruption Commission Act was presented to Parliament, in order to punish the suspects who plundered the Central Bank. This was recommended by the Attorney General's Department, but the proposed Amendment, which was first sent last year, was in a cupboard for more than five months. I reminded about this to the Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale and Minister Kiriella several times. Finally, with great difficulty, I could get Minister Kiriella to submit it to Parliament. But eventually, the debate on its Amendment was postponed indefinitely. Because of this delay, the Act could not be changed. Now it will not happen, and the Central Bank robbery that cost billions of rupees for over 15 or 20 years will not be investigated, and the guilty are not being punished. Money cannot be recovered. This is a serious issue today."