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Financial Crimes Investigation Division

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (Sinhalese: මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන අංශය; Tamil: நிதி குற்றம் புலனாய்வு பிரிவு; known as FCID) is the law enforcement agency of the Sri Lankan government. It is tasked within Sri Lanka for financial crime investigations and law enforcement, It is a subsidiary agency of Sri Lanka Police Service.

Financial Crimes Investigation Division
මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන අංශය
நிதி குற்றம் புலனாய்வு பிரிவு
Financial Crime Unit overview
Formed February 26, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-02-26)
Type Financial Crime Unit
Jurisdiction Government of Sri Lanka
Headquarters Central Point Building, Chatham street, Colombo 01
Motto Righteously protect those who abide the Law
Employees Classified
Parent department Sri Lanka Police
Website FCID Official

Contents

OverviewEdit

FCID was established by Minister of Public Order and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga on 26 February 2015 under the instructions from the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and it is headed by the DIG Ravi Waidyalankara.[1][2]

Financial Crimes Investigation Division is directly accountable for carrying out investigations throughout the island into serious financial fraud, misuse of state assets or funds, cases of a nature that require intellectual skills and complex detection. At times, the FCID carries out investigations pertaining to Government revenue. The FCID agencies are highly skilled in encountering the Major Financial Crimes, Frauds, Unsolicited Mega Projects, Major Financial Crimes against Public Property, Money Laundering, Terrorist financing and financial transaction, Illegal financial Transaction, Unlawful enrichments, and Offences on Financial Crimes against National Security.

The FCID has utmost powers to arrest civilians, government workers and legislator from anywhere in Sri Lanka without getting approval from Attorney General or DIG of this unit. The suspect can be remanded by a Magistrate Court until further hearings.

HistoryEdit

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division was formed on 26 February 2015 under the purview of Sri Lanka Police Service.

FCID is directly responsible in handling the investigations on the corruption charges against the Rajapaksa Administration and the public service that involved in large-scale corruption which led to destabilise the Government revenue.

FCID has also arrested several high profile ministers of Rajapaksa Administration including former Economy Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.[3]

The FCID also received training from UK's Serious Fraud Office after the Sri Lankan government requested international assistance against corruption in 2015.[4]

Notable ArrestsEdit

Status Suspect Name Charge(s) Date of Arrest Occupation Reference
In Custody
Bail granted through High Court
Basil Rajapaksa Misappropriation of construction of public housing funds 22 April 2015 Former Minister of Economy Development [3]
Released on Bail Johnston Fernando Charged on looting Lanka Sathosa goods 5 May 2015 Former Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade [5][6]
In Custody Nihal Jayatilake Misappropriation of construction of public housing funds 22 April 2015 Former Secretary of Economy Development [3]
In Custody R. R. K. Ranawaka Misappropriation of construction of public housing funds 22 April 2015 Former Director General of Divineguma [3]
In Custody Saliya Wickramasuriya Misappropriation of Tsunami funds 9 May 2015 Former Chief Operating Officer of the Reconstruction and Development Agency [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Opening of Financial Crime Investigation Division". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "John Amaratunga questions IGP on the topic of corruption (Watch Report)". NewsFirst. 26 Feb 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sri Lanka ex-leader's brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested". BBC World. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "UK supports Sri Lanka to combat bribery and corruption". 
  5. ^ "Johnston Fernando arrested". News..lk. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Johnston released on bail". DailyMirror.lk. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Fmr COO of RADA Saliya Wickremasuriya arrested". DailyMirror (Sri Lanka). 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

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