Written by Bella Dalima
30 Oct, 2014 | 7:45 pm
Issuing an open letter, Chandra Jayaratne,the former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce noted that the citizens and civil society believe, it is necessary and essential to take early steps to enact a law for the due “Recovery of Proceeds of Crime”.
The letter was addressed to the President and political party leaders.
The former chairman of the CCC notes that in the wake of some recent experiences, judicial pronouncements, public campaigns and civil society advocacy, the three arms of the State, comprising of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, as well as the private sector, the media and civil Society as a whole, should protect the interests of victims of crime and the citizens and society at large.
He notes that terrorism, war and conflict having subjected this nation and its people over a thirty year period, to criminal elements and any persons connected with such criminal actions, whether currently living in Sri Lanka or overseas, where they have enriched themselves in the process, should also be pursued and be held accountable to the State.
All property (including gold, jewellery, investments and bank deposits) recovered by the State and its agents, from the LTTE, must be restored to their legitimate owners and/or their legal heirs, along with any such assets as since recovered during and after the end of the war, by the state, the military, state authorities, banks and their agents.
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