>corrupts to get pardon at cost of polls ambition

>THE government is about to finalise a new law for launching the Truth and Accountability Commission to prevent corrupt persons from participating in any election and holding public offices and posts in financial organisations for five years without trial.
The constitution and the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) already have provisions to imprison and bar the corrupt from election for the period of conviction and appeal.
But the power of the Truth Commission in this regard will be sweeping as the bar comes as a consequence of the punishment of depositing ill-gotten wealth to the state exchequer following voluntary disclosure of their offences.
The much-talked-about Truth Commission will be constituted for six months under the Voluntary Disclosure Ordinance 2008, which is now in the making.
Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff told journalists on March 20 that the government will form the commission in a month.
The idea of Truth Commission emerged last year as an alternative to dealing with graft cases and graft suspects to give the offenders opportunity to admit their culpability and be penalised monetarily instantly instead of prolonged legal process and conviction by courts.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other agencies concerned are now scrutinising the draft of the ordinance. They will give their opinions on it and the ordinance will be sent to the law ministry for vetting after the cabinet approves it in principle before giving the final nod.
Any person who makes such voluntary disclosure before the Truth Commission shall be disqualified for a period not exceeding five years from holding any public or elected office including parliament, zila parishad, upazila parishad, union parishad, municipality, city corporation, or any trade organisation and professional body.
They will also be barred from being appointed as chairman, member or director of any statutory corporation or authority created by law or any office under the constitution.
The Truth Commission will notify the Election Commission about any such order, which will be “conclusive proof of disqualification” of a person.
However, this provision will not apply for a person “who applies to the commission for making a voluntary disclosure seeking leniency” and for those who have already deposited any sum in Bangladesh Bank upon admittingtheir involvement in corruption and later make voluntary disclosures to the Truth Commission. (Click for full report)

2nd Part: Anti-graft bodies, court to send corrupt people
3rd Part:
No mercy scope if jailed for 2 years or more for graft


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