Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

MOJ creates special anti-corruption review unit

Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch has ordered the creation of a special Anti-Corruption Review Unit to provide an alternative venue where a member of the public can report complaints of corruption against a public official.

In a memorandum dated October 30, Oilouch stated that in line with the government’s zero-tolerance policy against corruption, he is establishing the Anti-Corruption Review Unit which will be made up of three members namely the Attorney General (AG) Ernestine Rengiil or her designee, Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA) Director Ismael Aguon, or designee, and Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Chief Cleory Cleophas or his designee.

The AG or her designee is appointed by Oilouch to chair the unit, explaining further that the task of the unit is to receive complaints or allegations of corruption against government officials, receive evidence, conduct interviews or investigations, issue written report recommending actions to be taken.

“The special Anti-Corruption Review Unit may do whatever is necessary to protect any member of the public who may be making the complaint/allegation of corruption or wrongdoing,” the memorandum reads.

Oilouch, however, explained that the unit does not intend to replace the existing channels that handles work on investigations of crimes nor it hinders operations of any existing law enforcement agencies.

“This special Anti-Corruption Review Unit is only intended to provide additional and alternative avenue for any member of the public who wishes to make a report but is reluctant to go through the normal channel or process for any reason,” Oilouch stated, explaining further that the formed unit is merely there to complement the existing systems in the fight against corruption.

The role of each member to this unit will be an added responsibility to their held positions.

“The tasks of the special Anti-Corruption Review Unit are in addition to and, I believe, not inconsistent to your normal duties and responsibilities,” Oilouch told the three appointed members of the unit through the memorandum. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)