More power to DPP

The House Of Assembly has passed legislation giving the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) power to investigate the finances of people suspected of corruption.

The move came on Tuesday as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall told the House the authorities had “hit a brick wall” in pursuing reported cases of corruption because of limitations within existing laws.

Marshall, who was piloting the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Order, 2019, also said he expected to introduce a new Prevention Of Corruption Act to Parliament “within the next three months”, and that a new anti-corruption agency was coming.

The St Joseph MP said the last administration sought Parliament’s approval of a new Prevention Of Corruption Act in 2011 but it never became law to replace legislation that had been on the statute books since 1929.

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