Be 200 percent certain,Ranil tells FCID & CID

Investigations into Corruption cases

by Zacki Jabbar


The government has asked the law enforcement authorities to be 200 percent certain when instituting legal proceedings with regard to allegations of corruption against those accused of plundering State resources.

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the " Sunday Island " on Friday that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had advised the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and the Criminal Investigation Department to be 200 percent certain with regard to facts    before filing action against those who  had or were serving in government and the public service.

Wickremesinghe had also told the investigating authorities to be armed with at least two witnesses to avoid a difficult situation when one goes back on testimony, Senaratne added. 

The Minister said that the previous Inspector General of Police had to keep going to the Attorney General for advice all the time because some cases had been filed without proper inquiries being conducted.

That led to justice being delayed and the slowness with which the Attorney General’s Department had worked aggravated the situation, he added.

Rejecting accusations by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the Sirisena - Wickremesinghe government was on a witch hunt ,Senaratne emphasized that they were only carrying out the mandate people had given them.

He said that the masses were questioning them on what had happened to the criminal allegations including corruption leveled against the Rajapaksas. "Every complaint is being probed in a proper and legal manner and legal action would be instituted where there is evidence," he said.

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