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31 Jul 2014

Belarus to tighten control over incomes of officials, their families

MINSK, 31 July (BelTA) – There are proposals to toughen control over incomes and property of high-ranking officials and their relatives, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the improvement of the anti-corruption legislation, BelTA has learned.

"People should know how officials and their relatives live, where their money and property come from. This is, in my opinion, a normal international practice,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Plans have been made to confiscate the property of a government official if its cost clearly exceeds the income earned from legitimate sources. “If it is determined that a government official lives beyond his means, that part of the property which was obtained in an unfair way, is subject to seizure," the President insisted.

Other proposed measures include the restriction of the right to pensions for civil servants and military personnel accused of grave and very grave corruption and other crimes. In addition, there are proposals to ban people having a corruption crime record from taking up government jobs.

The President stressed that highly efficient legislation is one of the cornerstones of the national anti-corruption system. The President believes that the legislation in this area should take into account both the experience of domestic law enforcement and best international practices.

"Having read these documents, I thought whether our anti-corruption legislation is comprehensive and efficient enough? I would not like to revisit this issue, for example, in a month,” the head of state said.

"At the end of last year, we decided which adjustments we needed to introduce to the anti-corruption legislation. The Prosecutor General's Office in conjunction with other bodies prepared the draft law and decree of the head of state. Today we must analyze how effectively the innovations in these drafts laws can "undermine" the interest in committing corruption offences,” the President noted.

Alexander Lukashenko underlined that he wants to hear from the participants of the meeting how effectively the mechanism of implementing such measures can operate in practice and whether these measures are adequate. "We must be sure that we give the law enforcers the additional tools which they lacked," the President noted. 

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