The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has taken note that some press articles have been speculating on potential investigations and even setting the agenda and pace in respect to investigative steps to be taken by the Commission in the course of Preliminary Inquiries.
The Commission wishes to draw the attention of the public that at the stage of Preliminary Inquiries, the main focus of the investigation are to:
- Proceed with a thorough verification of facts, and
- Establish whether there is enough evidence connected or conducive to an act of corruption or money laundering that would warrant further investigations.
We stress that section 20 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act states that the Commission shall act independently, impartially, fairly and in the public interest. We further stress that all steps taken by the Commission are in strict compliance with the above.
Consequently, we would like to appeal to one and all to exercise caution and not to pre-empt and/or prejudge the ICAC’s processes.
For the Ag Director General
The Communication Unit