(CMR) Six Jamaica parliamentarians are being investigated for illicit enrichment by the country's anti-corruption body, the Integrity Commission.
According to a report by the Jamaica Gleaner, the commission has also reported that seven lawmakers are now being probed for providing false information to the anti-corruption body. The alleged breaches were set out in the Integrity Commission's Annual Report which was tabled in Parliament Tuesday afternoon.
Section 14 (5) (a) and (b) of the Corruption Prevention Act states that illicit enrichment happens where a public servant owns assets disproportionate to his lawful earnings; and upon being requested by the commission or any person duly authorised to investigate an allegation of corruption against him, to provide an explanation as to how he came by such assets, he fails to do so; or gives an explanation which is not considered to be satisfactory, he shall be liable to prosecution for the offence of illicit enrichment, the Jamaica Gleaner explained.
A person charged with an offense of illicit enrichment must show the court that he or she came by the assets by lawful means.
The commission reported that 77 of the 84 parliamentarians who were required to file a Statutory Declaration, submitted information on their assets, income and liabilities on or before March 31, 2023.
Four parliamentarians submitted their Statutory Declarations after the deadline date, and three remain outstanding. Of the three that remain outstanding, two are from the Lower House and one from the Senate.