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* Bribery Commission of Sri Lanka to be defunct from March 29
Sat, Mar 13, 2010, 09:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: The current term of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption in Sri Lanka comes to an end on March 29 and the Commission would be defunct until new appointments are made to it on the recommendations of the Constitutional Council, which is yet to be reconstituted.

An official of the Bribery Commission said that once the Commission's term expires, new complaints on alleged acts of bribery and corruption could not be investigated by the Commission and action could also not be taken in relation to ongoing investigations that would be concluded after March 29.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption is yet another independent commission formulated under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and appointments to the commission need to be made on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council.

The current Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption was constituted on March 29, 2005. Act No. 19 of 1994, under which appointments are made to the three member commission, states that two members should be retired judges of the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal while the other member should be an official with experience in crime solving and law enforcement.

Justice Ameer Ismail serves as the chairman of the current Commission while Justice P. Edussuriya and former IGP Mr. T. I. de Silva are the other two commissioners.

Other independent commissions, the National Police Commission and the Public Services Commission are also defunct due to the inability to appoint members to them following the delay in reconstituting the Constitutional Council.

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