Lanka’s anti-corruption report not ready for UN review


Sri Lanka’s has deferred its submission to the review group set up under the UN Convention against Corruption although it was due last week, the Sunday Times learns.Only one section of the report dealing with mutual assistance and corruption has been completed while criminalisation and assets section is now being prepared, an official said.

Sri Lanka was to submit its report to the Review Group which met in Vienna, Austria last week.
Justice D.J. de S. Balapatabendi, Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, said the commission was finalising the report with the assistance of two officials of the Attorney General’s Departmental and other experts.

In the Ministry of External Affairs annual report 2011, submitted to Parliament last week, the MEA expresses its willingness to implement the requirements under the UN Convention against Corruption.

External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama confirmed the report was being finalised and said it is a part of the voluntary mechanism that had been put in place under the UN Convention to assist member countries to deal with corruption.
Meanwhile UNP National List MP Eran Wickramaratna told the Sunday Times that it was important for legislative changes to take place in Sri Lanka in keeping with the requirements under the convention.

“The bribery and corruption commission has to be independent of the executive and must be brought under Parliament. Similarly the institution has to be well financed,” he said.

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