(Ecofin Agency) - Initiated since 2017, the Anti-Graft Special Unit (PAC) is now a reality in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar. Through this tool, authorities plan to strengthen the legal-institutional arsenal as to tackle corruption.
“The Anti-Corruption Unit of Antananarivo now replaces the anti-corruption criminal chain, set up in 2004. It will deal with corruption cases, including economic and financial offences, involving either a private citizen or a state official. The cases will come from the Independent Anti-Corruption Office, the Financial Intelligence Service (SAMIFIN) as well as the police and gendarmerie,” La Tribune Madagascar reports.
“The anti-corruption units will be independent in budgetary terms. On the other hand, with regard to the performance of judicial duties, judges will be completely independent. Independent from the Ministry of Justice and from any person who will try to interfere in their functions,” Harimahefa Ratiaraisoa, National Coordinator of PAC, told RFI.
Let’s note that measures have been taken to ensure the new tool’s efficiency and 24 magistrates were assigned to run it.