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Anti –Corruption Commission 2014 Annual Report summary

10/28/2015 12:04:17 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission is pleased to present a summary of its Annual Report for the year 2014, which monitored  the activities and achievements of the Commission in that year, the report included two major parts ,the first part  provided a summary of the genesis of the commission  and its mission, objectives, authorities, and amendments that dealt with law No. 62 of 2006, as well as the definition of corruption and its forms:  financial, administrative and political, the reasons for committing corruption, in addition to  crimes which are  considered corruption according to the legislation in force.

The Annual Report also included a summary of  the Protection Regulation for Informers, Witnesses, Informants and Experts in corruption cases and their relatives and closely related persons , where this Regulation aims to regulate the provision of protection for those people , and for anyone who contribute to provide information to assist in the detection of acts of corruption or lead to the disclosure of the corrupt, and to stimulate citizens, (including the corruption victims)  for reporting acts of corruption and enable them to testify before the judiciary or any related parties in the investigation of its crimes, a special unit has  been established for this purpose, which is linked to the Chairman of the commission to provide security protection for persons covered by this regulation ,in collaboration with the General Security Service.

 

It addressed also the National Anti- Corruption Strategy for the years 2013 - 2017, which is based on the strong political will, keen to promote the National Integrity, enhancing the principle of rule of law, respect for human rights, avoiding character assassination, consolidating the integrity on both personal and institutional levels, the realization of the principle of transparency, accountability and independence of the judiciary, and community participation. In addition to addressing the objectives  that the strategy seeks to achieve and which are summarized in: the need to work on raising awareness and education on corruption and anti-corruption efforts, strengthen the prevention of corruption,  strengthen the capacity of anti-corruption commission, activate the participation of Society Members in anti-corruption activities and promote integrity, ensure the efficiency of investigation procedures and prosecution in corruption cases , expand International Cooperation in the fight against corruption, and further development of National Legislations  in line with International standards and requirements in  the fight against corruption, and ensure the efficiency of implementation.

 

The second part of the report dealt with the Commission’s work components at the levels of Awareness, Prevention, Law Enforcement, Arab, International, and Regional cooperation, and on the management level, building institutional capacity of the Commission and the activities of Internal Control.. At the level of Awareness and Prevention, the Commission had  prepared studies and research which were  provided at  regional conferences and local seminars on National efforts to promote Integrity, and the right to access to information, as well as analytical studies on statistics of corruption crimes , etc., and also checked the records and the work  procedures in several Departments and Government Institutions as some cases were recommended to be  corrected and some of them to be  handled , which were committed but has not lived up to the suspicion of corruption.

The Commission also held and made dozens of training workshops and awareness lectures to promote National Integrity and clarify the negative effects of corruption on National Development Efforts and the process of reform, with emphasis on the role of citizens and Civil Society Organizations in the fight against corruption.

As for the law enforcement, the Annual Report had indicated that the Commission has dealt through the year 2014 with 1155 complaints, 366 of them were saved. The Information & Investigation Department has dealt with 151 cases, 17 cases were sent to the seconded   Public Prosecutor, while 51 cases of them were saved for the lack of suspicions of corruption or for its coverage in the General Amnesty Law. The report indicated that the judiciary had ruled 56 cases regarding cases from previous years and the year 2014 which resulted in 79 accusations. The Forensic laboratory that the Commission  entered into service in 2013 had contributed to analysis and detect  information from institutions devices where corrupt practices were committed, as well as summaries of cases have been referred to the judiciary  were published in the Annual report .

In cooperation and coordination with the relevant authorities, the Commission had contributed to the recovery of 16 million and 936 thousand and 570 dinars in addition to the recovery of plots of lands in the Aqaba Economic Zone of 65 acres and was worth 825 thousand dinars.

The year 2014 had recorded a great decline in the number of complaints where it has been decreased with a total of 653 complaints for the year 2013, this marks the decline of corrupt practices, especially in the public sector, and also indicates people's awareness who submitted the complaints, and on the feasibility of awareness and prevention programs carried out by the Commission as that reflects the work of the Commission and its follow-up of the corrupt.

As for the Arab, International and Regional cooperation, the Commission continued the coordination and cooperation with various Local Media as an important partner in spreading the culture of rejection corruption and expose corrupt practices, it also keen to expand communication with Arab, International and Regional Organizations and Commissions to achieve greater interaction, gain experience and learn about the experiences of others in the fight against corruption, and refine the skills of its staff through the  participation in specialized courses and workshops held by those Organizations , or those hosted by the Commission in cooperation with Regional and International  Agencies with the participation of trainers  from Jordan , Arab and friendly Countries.

 

For more details, kindly access to the report submitted to you.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,,,

 

Dr. Abed Kharabsheh

 Chairman of JACC 

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