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Prevention of Offences relating to Sports Act

Special Investigation Unit appointed to implement legal provisions

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has appointed a Special Investigation Unit comprising a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and a Superintendent of Police (SP) to implement the legal provisions of the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act.

The two members appointed to the Unit are W. A. J. H. Fonseka, SSP (Director/Chief) and S. M. J. Samaranayake SP (Deputy Director).

The appointments have been made by the Minister for three years with effect from February 15 in keeping with the powers vested in him under Section 21 of the Act. The relevant order was published in a Gazette Extraordinary on February 3.

The Prevention of Offences Relating to the Sports Bill was unanimously passed in Parliament on November 11, 2019 during a special session convened to debate the bill. The Act provides for the prevention of match fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation and illegal betting in sports and for the appointment of a Special Investigations Unit for investigation of offences.

The Special Investigations Unit will carry out independent and impartial investigations into offences of match fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation and illegal betting in sports.

Any person who commits an offence specified in the Act is liable to a fine not exceeding Rs.100 million or imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or both fine and imprisonment. All offences under this Act shall be investigated, tried or otherwise dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.

The Unit has the power to summon any person to produce any data, information, document or other thing in his possession or control.

It can call or receive any data, information, document or evidence from any government or nongovernment institution or from any foreign agency.


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