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Civil Society Activist Demands Serious Financial & Organized Crimes Agency Act

Civil society activist Chandra Jayaratne today requested the Special Presidential Task Force on the Recovery of Assets to develop a Policy and Legislative Framework for the establishment of a Serious Financial & Organized Crimes Agency Act of Sri Lanka.

Chandra Jayaratne

Jayaratne, in his letter to the Task Force, said the Act should provide For the establishment and functions of a Serious Financial and Organized Crimes Agency that is merged with the Serious Financial and Organized Crimes Agency the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka Police.

He also said the act should also make provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings.

Jayaratne’s full letter to the Task Force is as follows,

7th January 2019

J.C. Weliamuna P.C and Yasantha Kodagoda P.C.

Chairman and Secretary,

Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of State Assets,

21, 3rd Floor, Sema Building,

Janadhipathi Mawatha,

Colombo 1.

Dear Sirs,

Enactment of a Serious Financial & Organized Crimes Agency Act

You have in accord with the Presidential Mandate issued forming a Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of State Assets; taken steps to develop a draft of the Policy and Legislative Framework of the proposed Proceeds of Crime Act of Sri Lanka, which I trust will be enacted early, without any delay.

You are kindly requested, as a due process to officially follow up on the above initiative, with the active commitment of the members of the Task Force and the support of  the international technical  assistance providing institutions, to engage in a priority initiative to  develop a Policy and Legislative Framework for the establishment of a Serious Financial & Organized Crimes Agency Act of Sri Lanka, which should be an enactment that  provide: 

  1. For the establishment and functions of the Serious Financial and Organized Crimes Agency; 
  2. For the absorption and merger in to the Serious Financial and Organized Crimes Agency the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka Police;
  3. To make provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings; 
  4. For the implementation of certain international obligations relating to criminal matters; 
  5. To make necessary consequential amendments to Police Ordinance ; 
  6. To make further provision for combating Serious Financial, Economic and  Organized Crime in Sri Lanka, with specific reference to making such crimes “Unlawful Activities” under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act ;
  7. To make provision for Investigatory powers;
  8. To make provision for making financial reporting orders;
  9. To make provision for offenders assisting investigations and prosecutions;
  10. To include new provisions about powers of arrest and search warrants and about parental compensation orders; 
  11. to make further provision about the police, policing and persons and authorities/institutions, including those established under the Proceeds of Crime Act, in supporting the police and the Serious Financial & Organized Crimes Agency; 
  12. To make provision for protecting certain organizations from interference with their activities; 
  13. To make provision about criminal records, intelligence gathering and maintenance of databases in easily accessible secure electronic interfaces;.
  14. To make provisions for establishment of an inter-agency co-ordination network; and
  15. To make provision for execution of mutual assistance agreements with independent public authorities and revenue agencies, in the conduct of joint intelligence gathering, joint  investigations, information exchanges, and mutual assistance in criminal matters:

It may be beneficial you to consider bench marking the proposed enactment with the United Kingdom enactment on Serious Organized Crime and Police Act of 2005.

I have taken the liberty to copy this appeal to many persons with executive, legislative, and administrative leadership authority, in the fervent hope that they will endorse this recommendation and support the initiative with necessary empowerment, resources and network assistance.

Yours Sincerely,

Chandra Jayaratne

cc. President,

      Prime Minister,

      Minister of Law & Order,

      Minister of Justice,

      Governor, Central Bank,

      Chairman SEC,

      Attorney General,

      Inspector General of Police,

     Snr DIG’s CID and FCID,

     Directors, FCID and CID,

     Commissioner General of Inland Revenue,

     Director Generals of Customs and Excise,

     Director General CIABOC,

    

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    RAVI karunanayake reportrd got money in bags. But he was not prosecuted. You people say you are Civil society and propose PLasters to repair it and do not propose a Whole sale solution to the problem. Why we do we need so manhy politicians. do they all devlop the country ?. May be civil society needs MP posts. The day the Middle east starts AUSTERITY MEASURES Sri lankan parliament will be cut to the size.

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    Ranil was SUED for being unsuitable for eht eparliament becuse a company that he is a Partner or has investments has printed cheques for the govt. What happened to that case. I heard Ranil will be unsuitable to hold a parliamentary position as a a LEgislater. Why LAW is partial ?

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    Please sir, WE the People also demand that part leaders only nominate decent, competent people of good standing for election. NOT the self-serving bastards who currently are in parliament, busy looking after their backsides.

    I think your problem will be solved then.

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    Without fixing the broken existing legal structure of Sri Lanka where cases are delayed endlessly by judges who have no commercial exposure these people want to create more useless agencies. What a farce

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