Subject: LUSA: Ruling party sets sights on anti-corruption law package

10-03-2003 13:31:00. Notícia nº SIR-4763668

East Timor: Ruling party sets sights on anti-corruption law package

Dili, March 10 (Lusa) - East Timor's ruling Fretilin party lawmakers will give priority to anti-corruption legislation and could have draft bills ready "within two or three months", party whip Francisco Branco told Lusa Monday.

Branco said his bench was considering legislating the maximum penalty, 25 years imprisonment, for the most serious crimes of corruption.

Time was still ripe in East Timor to "control the situation", he said, adding that Fretilin wanted to help the government combat corruption.

"Experience shows us", Branco stressed, "that developing countries, where there was a lack of attention to anti-corruption legislation and things were allowed to slide, today have great difficulty in exterminating corruption".

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