|Subject: LUSA: Ruling party sets sights on
anti-corruption law package
10-03-2003 13:31:00. Notícia nº SIR-4763668
East Timor: Ruling party sets sights on anti-corruption law package
Dili, March 10 (Lusa) - East Timor's ruling Fretilin party lawmakers will give priority to anti-corruption legislation and could have draft bills ready "within two or three months", party whip Francisco Branco told Lusa Monday.
Branco said his bench was considering legislating the maximum penalty, 25 years imprisonment, for the most serious crimes of corruption.
Time was still ripe in East Timor to "control the situation", he said, adding that Fretilin wanted to help the government combat corruption.
"Experience shows us", Branco stressed, "that developing countries, where there was a lack of attention to anti-corruption legislation and things were allowed to slide, today have great difficulty in exterminating corruption".
Copyright © 2001 Agência Lusa Todos os direitos reservados www.lusa.pt
Note: For those who would like to fax "the powers that be" - CallCenter is a Native 32-bit Voice Telephony software application integrated with fax and data communications... and it's free of charge! Download from http://www.v3inc.com/