​FCID not under Cabinet Sub-Committee: PMO

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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said today the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of the Police Department or the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat is in no way controlled by the Cabinet Sub-committee on Anti-Corruption.

The Office however said the progress of the investigations carried out by the FCID and other law enforcement agencies is reviewed once a week to ensure effective law enforcement. 

The Prime Minister’s office in a statement further said:

 “Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is only a functional division of the Police Department, which was established in response to the emerging trend of serious financial frauds. This division was established in terms of the provisions of Section 55 of the Police Ordinance, with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and it operates under the exclusive supervision and direction of the Inspector General of Police. 

“There are 64 functional divisions in the Police Department such as the Terrorist Investigation Division, the Criminal Records Division, the Criminal Investigation Division, the Colombo Crimes Division, the Narcotics Bureau, the Child & Women Bureau, the Fraud Investigation Bureau, the Environment Protection Division, etc. In fact, most of these divisions were not there at the very inception of the Police Department. These divisions were established from time to time to cater to the contemporary trends; in the same manner the FCID was established. No special statutory power or mandate has been given to the FCID other than the powers vested with the Police Department. The purpose of establishing this division is to employ the services of experienced officers to handle investigations on financial crimes of a grave nature and expedite those investigations. 

“The Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) is a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by the Prime Minister, which was set up on a decision taken at the Cabinet meeting held on January 21, 2015. This Committee was set up with a view to recommending measures to be adopted to prevent the occurrence of large scale corruption and frauds in the future. On the recommendation of the Anti-Corruption Committee and the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers a dedicated Secretariat named Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat was also established to coordinate the investigations of the allegations on serious frauds, financial crimes and corruption. 

“The Government assures the independence of the investigations carried out by all the law enforcement agencies in the country including the FCID and denies any sort of undue political intervention in the enforcement of law,”

  Comments - 4

  • kamalhot1 Monday, 11 May 2015 05:32 PM

    If the serious frauds, financial crimes and corruption can be eradicated from our country in honest manner, we salute you all. Do not stop any missions against these crooks, we have sharpen our pencils to vote for any person group who are committed honestly to take out our country from this bloody hell.

    freddy Tuesday, 12 May 2015 04:14 PM

    well constructed FCID Division specially overseeing the political arena and politicians Only by PMO. The country needs work and business to move to feed families. Delay and witch hunt deprives the people and country to advance. Instead of putting all heads together to bring the country up,we have segregated and brought the country down and standstill. Bad governance. Democracy hijacked.

    wow wow wonderful Monday, 11 May 2015 04:26 PM

    very great move by president and RW

    Krisnan Monday, 11 May 2015 04:37 PM

    watching the way things are happening at the FCID, cannot observed independent professional process. It derived by different forces.

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