Special Unit established for sports related crimes

2020-02-12 at 08:02

A Special Police Investigative Unit was established yesterday with the aim of preventing crime and corruption related to sports.

The Unit established under the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act No. 24 of 2019, is headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Jagath Fonseka.

The Special Investigative Unit has been vested with powers to take legal action against match fixing, crime and corruption related to sports, operating sports affairs illegally and betting, and other related offences.

The Unit was declared open last evening by the Secretary to Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs KDS Ruwanchandra.

Ruwanchandra said he believes a sporting field void of corruption will be created within the country.

Meanwhile head of the Special Investigative Unit Senior Superintendent of Police Jagath Fonseka said no other Police officer can intervene in the Unit.

He said reports compiled will be submitted to the Secretary or the Attorney General, adding legal action can be sought through the Sports Act at the High Court.

The SSP highlighted that anyone found guilty of charges in this regard may face a prison term of upto 10 years or be imposed a fine of upto Rs.100 million.

He also stated that if anyone is found to have made false accusations, they may face a fine of upto Rs.100,000 .