Commission does not take away police roles

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THE Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) does not take away the responsibilities of the police, public prosecutor or the Ombudsman Commission, an official says.
Director-general of the social planning and governance branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and NEC Christopher Asa said that ICAC looked into the codes of conduct of public officials.
Asa was the keynote speaker in yesterday’s opening of the Phones Against Corruption seminar in Port Moresby.
“ICAC will deal with most serious and systematic cases of corruption and refer other issues, less criminal matters, to other relevant agencies,” Asa said.
He said under the Organic Law, ICAC would investigate public officials whose conduct was dishonest and abuse of official functions, among others.
According to Asa, they had defined public official as any officer who was employed by the state or a nomination of the state, elected or appointed, to a state position. He or she is subject to ICAC jurisdiction.
Asa said the term public official covered persons under the leadership code including MPs and heads of government departments.
“It also covers members of the judiciary and members and officers of the police and people working for state services and the parliamentary services and other public officials,” Asa said.
“Under the functions, ICAC’s responsibilities include prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of corrupt conduct,” he said.
“The organic law (on ICAC) will not change the functions and powers of any existing agencies and ICAC will not have the power to prevent or interfere with government decision-making or implementation.”

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