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FCID not legal under Police Ordinance - MP

The Financial Crimes Investigation (FCID) established by the previous ‘Yahapalana’ Government, to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption was illegal and was in contravention of the Police Ordinance, MP Wijayadasa Rajapakshe said testifying before commission to probe political victimization yesterday.

He said former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Minister Sagala Ratnayake spearheaded moves to set up the FCID.

Rajapakshe said FCID was initiated by the Anti-Corruption Commission set up for political purposes by a Cabinet memorandum of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and it was not an independent body and acted in accordance with a political agenda.

He said the FCID applied the law differently from person to person, and said when it came to investigations against the incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Yoshitha Rajapaksa the FCID seemed to act in a politically biased and partial manner.

He pointed out that although the committee set up by Wickremesinghe’s cabinet memorandum was named the ‘Anti-Corruption Committee’, not a single anti-corruption ordinance was drafted or introduced.

Rajapakshe who was the Justice Minister in the Yahapalana regime for a brief period said the politically charged FCID had eroded public confidence in the country’s law and order and that he had proposed setting up a separate unit under CID to look into corruption. Rajapakshe pointed out that FCID was not legal under the Police Ordinance.

He pointed out that there were politicians or their supporters as members of the anti-corruption committee and that independence from such individuals could never be expected.

Rajapakshe was responding to a question by former Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne, the

commission’s chairman who sought the MP’s views on the legitimacy of the FCID.

He was testifying before the commission with in relation to a complaint filed by Piyadasa Kudabalage, former CEO of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.