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* First Anti-Corruption High Court to be operational from next week
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 08:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 14, Colombo: All arrangements are ready for the first Anti-Corruption High Court to become operational from next week, State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera said.

The Minister said the No.1 Anti-Corruption High Court building established in front of the Sri Lanka Law College was handed over to the Justice Ministry on Friday (13th) by the Navy.

Participating at a media briefing held at the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy yesterday State Minister pointed out that steps have been taken energetically to fulfill the promises given by the good governance government.

"This government came to power under the theme "prevention of corruption". Therefore, we have a responsibility put a stop to bribery and corruption. That is why we managed to establish an anti-corruption court even after a long time," State Minister Ajith P. Perera said.

He added that three such courts will be established and cases will be heard on a daily basis.

The Minister emphasized that a false rumor is being spread in the country that there is a crime wave. "This is false propaganda," he said explaining that there is less crime now than before 2015.

According to the police reports, there were 741 murders in 2010. The number has gone down to 476 in 2015, 502 in 2016 and 452 in 2017.

As a percentage, in 2010 police resolved 86.7 percent of murders. In 2015 for the first time in history, that percentage went up to 90, the Minister pointed out.

In 2012, there were 2212 rapes. It reduced to 2033 in 2015, 1996 in 2016 and 1732 in 2017.

The percentage of resolving rape cases increased to 95.2 percent in 2015 and 96.2 percent in 2017.

Considering the reports of robberies, there were 6,240 robberies in 2010 and it was reduced to 4017 in 2015 and in 2017, the number of robberies was down to 3366. The percentage of resolving robberies has been raised to 70.2 percent.

Speaking about the recent decision to carry out the death penalty again, the Minister said personally he does not approve the death penalty but if the President thinks it should be implemented there is no opposition to the president's decision from his party.

He pointed out that even developed countries sin the world such as the U.S. and Japan carry out the death penalty.

"Therefore, we are not against implementing the death penalty in this country," he said.


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