Nov 09, 2016

Special court proposed to try major corruption cases! Featured

The establishment of a special court has been proposed to try major corruption cases, as a mark of respect to the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera.

The National Movement for a Just Society yesterday (08) made the proposal at a function to mark the first death anniversary of the revered prelate.

The movement’s convener Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya also said anti-corruption institutions should be given more powers, noting that the law was enforced differently for the wealthy and the poor.

Police should be transformed into a modern institution, and the resources of the attorney general’s department should be doubled, while establishing a commission to curb bribery and corruption, similar to the one in Hong Kong, he said.

Show commitment

Prof. Wijesuriya also proposed the establishment of a presidential commission to look into the prevailing situation of the judiciary in order to ensure good governance.

He accused the government over the status of investigations into corruption charges against top figures in the previous regime.

There is no clash with the government, but there should be a good political culture, he said, urging the two key leaders in the government to prevent a crisis due to its failure to show commitment towards that end.

The government should also be committed to work against racial and religious extremism, said Prof. Wijesuriya.

President’s response

Addressing the function, president Maithripala Sirisena said discussions have already taken place to establish a special court to hear major corruption cases.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, opposition leader R. Sampanthan and many others participated.