13 Feb 2018 17:22

Kyrgyz president says corruption fighters can't do their jobs, they are corrupt, too

BISHKEK. Feb 13 (Interfax) - Kyrgyzstan will look into the income and spending declarations of employees of law enforcement, judicial, supervisory bodies in line with a resolution of the Security Council on combating corruption.

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov discussed with the Security Council secretariat the outcome of the February 8 Security Council session dealing with corruption, Interfax was told by the presidential press service on Tuesday.

"Government bodies meant to fight corruption are plagued with corruption and cannot perform their functions property," Jeenbekov said.

According to a spokesman, Jeenbekov tasked the Security Council secretariat with carrying out anti-corruption measures in law enforcement structures, looking into the entire leadership of bodies meant to fight corruption, and taking special control over the investigation of criminal cases previously groundlessly suspended or closed.

In addition, Jeenbekov spoke of the need "to thoroughly check the declarations of staff members of government bodies, including law enforcement, supervisory, and judicial bodies."

"The spending of law enforcement officers will be thoroughly checked. The people of Kyrgyzstan expect resolute measures to eradicate manifestations of corruption in all spheres of the country's life," the president said.

The press service also said that on Tuesday, Jeenbekov met with the head of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS), Abdil Segizbayev, and discussed the implementation of Security Council resolutions. At the meeting, he criticized the Anti-Corruption Service affiliated with the SCNS.

Jeenbekov "put forward the task of speedily revising the form of the service's operations from the viewpoint of the fullness of the performance of its obligations, as well as verifying the suitability of all staff members for their jobs," the press service said.

"All staff members should clearly understand the mission and role of the Anti-Corruption Service in combating corruption instead of engaging in simple formalities and satisfying stereotypes. You should put forward the most ambitious objectives and work toward your goals: fighting corruption-related crimes that pose a threat to national security," Jeenbekov said.

"The SCNS faces the serious task of fighting corruption in law enforcement, judicial bodies, and other government structures. We need results," he said.