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Thursday, 10 May 2012 - 13:02
Bribery Commission cannot be called before COPE committee.
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The Bribery and Corruption Commission states that it is yet to receive the COPE committee report led by Senior Minister D E W Gunasekara.

The chairman of the Commission former senior Supreme Court Judge Jagath Balapatabendi states that if the report is received, the commission is ready to investigate it under the provisions of the commission.

During the parliamentary adjournment debate, Senior Minister D E W Gunasekara had stated that the COPE report was handed over to the Bribery and Corruption Commission as well as the CID.

The senior minister further added that if the two departments do not conduct a thorough investigation into the findings of the report, the two heads of the departments will be brought before the COPE committee.

When our news team inquired about this, the chairman of the Commission stated that the COPE committee does not have the authority to bring any of the commissioners before them including him.

He further stated that there are no provisions in the bribery act for such an action.

However he stated that the Directress general of the commission can be brought before the COPE committee.

It was revealed in parliament earlier that 229 government institutions were investigated by the COPE committee.

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