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Discussion on police corruption bills completed

The House Justice Committee wrapped up article-based discussions on the new package of proposed bills to combat corruption on Wednesday bringing anti-corruption legislature one step closer to being approved by Parliament.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said that the bills would allow the police to investigate corruption in the police force more effectively.

“We have examined the four bills concerning the police, the bill concerning Internal Affairs, and that of undercover police officers,” said Nicolaou adding that last week bills regarding the protection of informants had been submitted to the Committee while the bill concerning telephone surveillance will be submitted next week.

Nicolaou expressed that both he and the Committee aimed at getting the laws passed by parliament before its summer recess but did not rule out reservations on the part of parliamentary parties with regards to the bills which he said would be discussed by the Committee.

“I would like to hope that eventually, common ground will be found as the bills are necessary to deal with the phenomenon of corruption. If the bills don’t pass, somebody else will be here next year discussing the same issues – the adequate measures to prevent and suppress corruption,” concluded the Minister.

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