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Dec 01, 2017

Slow progress in Bribery Commission probes! Featured

The Bribery Commission has completed investigations into 7,564 complaints out of the 11,030 complaints it has received between 2014 and 30 June 2017, but only 298 of them have been referred for court action.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the national policy and economic affairs minister, tabled the details in parliament in response to a question raised by JVP’s Bimal Ratnayake.

According to the details, court cases have been filed on account of 64 complaints out of 1,999 complaints investigated in 2014, followed by 108 complaints out of 2,818 complaints investigated in 2015 and 87 complaints out of 2,242 complaints investigated in 2016.

Up to 30 June 2017, the commission investigated 803 complaints and court action filed on account of 39 complaints.

The cases filed against politicians were 19 in 2015, 27 in 2016 and three in 2017.

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