Crime Alarm

Jan 29, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s computer crime fighting has failed with more than three quarters of cases ending without convictions or not being investigated, despite new laws being devised, Chief Justice Sarath Silva said. In 2007, there had been 17 cyber crimes but only 76 percent had been investigated.

“Now the alarm signs are there,” Chief Justice Silva said at the opening of a South Asian forum on information and communications technology (ICT) law organized by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL).

“ICT is used everywhere and our systems for investigation, detection and more than anything else, having them convicted in court is a failure.”

The SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Corporation)-BASL ICT Law conference started Wednesday night.

In 2006, there had been nine cyber crime cases and 78 percent had been dismissed. In 2005 there had been four cyber crime cases, but 75 percent had failed.

“That means no one will have faith in our systems,” Chief Justice Silva said in an aside to Sri Lanka’s Attorney General Mohan Pieris. The island has enacted a series of new laws in recent years to promote the use of ICT, allow electronic transactions and combat cyber crimes.

A 2003 law