LACC gets prosecutorial powers
By Bridgett Milton
The House of Representatives has given the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) prosecutorial power through the passage of an Act amending and restating the Act that established the anti-graft entity.
The commission has over the past time been seeking the authority to prosecute its own cases, often blaming the Ministry of Justice for delays.
The LACC has also been requesting the need to have a specialized court to deal with cases of alleged corruption.
Prior to this passage, LACC boss Cllr. Edwin Klar Martin was reported saying if the country had a specialized court, it would be able to conduct cases within the time frame.
He was quoted in local dailies saying the delay in prosecution was because the courts here were overwhelmed.
Established in August 2008, the LACC has a mandate to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption.
It also has a mandate to educate the public about the ills of corruption and the benefits of its eradication.–Edited by Winston W. Parley
It is a good news to the Liberian people for our LACC to have the prosecutory power. With this great news I think we can start getting on those who have been lutting our national resources as well as damaging our taxt payer money.