Transparency International Sri Lanka welcomes Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation

Transparency International Sri Lanka welcomes Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation

Written by Keshala Dias

10 Aug, 2017 | 10:10 pm

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has welcomed the resignation of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, following allegations of wrongdoing that have emerged before the Commission of Inquiry on Bond Issuance.

Issuing a statement today, the Anti-Corruption Group noted that while such actions emanate from public accountability, TISL is mindful that there exist allegations of several offences of bribery and corruption, which must be dealt with using the full strength of the anti-corruption framework.

In all instances of alleged bribery, TISL reiterates the need to remember the existence of a bribe giver and a bribe taker.

TISL also cites the power vested in the Attorney General’s Department to institute actions based on evidence produced before the Commission of Inquiry, particularly the acceptance of a bribe, under the penal code.

Noting that under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the Bribery Commission has been empowered to initiate action on their own motion, TISL added that a Right To Information request had revealed that not a single case has been taken up pursuant to this power, as at 30 April 2017.

TISL calls on the Attorney General’s Department and the Commissioners of CIABOC to exercise their mandate and restore public confidence in anti-corruption processes.

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