Presidential aide Shiral Lakthilake yesterday said that preliminary investigations into five major corruption cases had been concluded and the Attorney General could decide on a future course of action.
Relevant files had been forwarded to the Attorney General, attorner-at-law Lakthilake said. Lakthilake stressed that if the AG felt further investigations were necessary, he could instruct the IGP to do so.
Now that preliminary investigations had been completed, those who were responsible for the large scale scams could be arraigned on charges of corruption, he said.
Former UNP Western Provincial Council member, Lakthilake received the appointment as President Maithripala Sirisena’s coordinator. He works closely with an-anti corruption grouping led by government ally, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).
Asked whether the new government’s anti-corruption efforts had been hampered by inadequate laws, Lakthilake answered in the negative. He said that the judiciary and law enforcement organisations could proceed without further delay. "Our laws are adequate. We don’t need the Prevention of Terrorism Act to deal with those who had engaged in mega corruption," Lakthilake said.
Lakthilake emphasised the pivotal importance of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption as well as various branches of the police handling major issues are working closely with the AG to ensure successful conclusion of investigations leading to prosecution.
The official claimed that Prevention of Money Laundering Act-No 5 of 2006 could also be also used effectively to prosecute those who had held responsible positions in the previous administration.
Referring to the high profile case involving Avant Garde Maritime Services (AGMS) managing a floating armoury at the Galle harbour, Lakthilake said it could be dealt with the Money Laundering Act, Firearms Act and Offensive Weapons Act.
(Courtesy: The Island)