New Act Dissolves and Reestablishes LACC

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The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) has now been given prosecutorial power by the Legislature to prosecute criminal cases and be dissolved.

The House of Representatives and the Senate concurred with law giving the LACC the power to persecute’ meaning that the Commission has the Authority to prevent, nvestigate and prosecute and punish corrupt individuals.

The action by the Legislature dissolves the current LACC thereby creating the new establishment of the institution.

The new Act creating the reestablishment of the institution will constitute independent panels that will be established to norminate individuals to head the institution.

The LACC new reestablishment will creat room for all commissioners amd key employers to be terminated and be allowed to reapply to the board of independent panels who will recommend to the President for consideration.

According to the new act, insteresed apllicants for commissioners will apply to the board of independent committee to be vetted and after which the President make determination based on the recommendation that will come from the board.

The commission will now noand corrupt practices in the public and private sectors of Liberia.

The House and the Senate repealed the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008, which was said to have been considered to be one of the toughest anti-graft Acts in Africa.

The LACC was established by an Act of Legislature with the mandate to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption, as well as educate the public about the ills of corruption and the benefits of its eradication.

But since its establishment, its function has been limited particularly as it relates to exercising full complete authority in the prosecution of criminal cases.

Corruption cases are usually being reported to the Ministry of Justice by the Commission for further judgment.

It can be recalled that the House of Representatives, on July 19, endorsed the report from the Conference Committee, composed of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, entitled “An Act to Amend and Restate An Act to Establish the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and to Re-establish the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.”

The House and Senate reverted to a Conference Committee following passages of different versions.
The report from the Conference Committee means both Houses are satisfied and have separately acted on the amendments, giving the LACC prosecutorial power.

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