FCID concluded 93 investigations & sent to AG for advice: Sagala

Dec 11, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Law & Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says the FCID has so far concluded 93 investigations and sent them to the Attorney General’s Department’s advice for legal action.

Delivering a statement, Minister said Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has so far received 370 cases of which 73 have been forwarded to other bodies for investigations.

“It is important to understand that some of the major financial crimes under probe were meticulously planned and carefully executed,” Ratnayaka said.

“It requires a lot of time and hard work to trace evidence, analyze them and bring the perpetrators to book.”

The Criminal Investigations Department has so far conducted 38 investigations, 24 on cases involving people and 14 on cases involving properties, of which 17 cases have been referred to the AG Department for legal advice.

“We are aware that the Attorney General’s Department too is facing issues on the human capital front,” he said.

“This is not a blame game and we all have to understand the challenges each party faces, and help find permanent solutions.”

Minister said the government has taken measures to recruit more states counsel to the Attorney General’s Department to expedite legal action.

Apart from the FCID, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) was also set up under the government.