Whistleblowers to be rewarded (Youssef Chahed)
09/12/2019 18:38, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – “Public oversight structures have conducted over 374 operations in the various ministerial departments and brought to justice 58 cases since 2016,” Caretaker Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the 4th national anti-corruption conference under the theme: “Fight against Corruption: a Participatory Process,” Chahed stressed the progress made by Tunisia in the fight against corruption, allowing it to improve its ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

“The fight against corruption is a long-term war requiring willingness and commitment to deal with lobbies and mafia-like networks,” he said.

Chahed cited Tunisian legislation in the fight against corruption, namely Law No. 2018-46 of August 1, 2018 on declaring property and interests, fight against illicit enrichment and conflict of interest in public sector, Organic Law No. 2017-10 of March 7, 2017 on corruption exposure and whistleblower protection and the Organic Law No. 2016-77 of December 6, 2016 relating to the judicial economic and financial division.

"Two decree-laws will be issued next week to further strengthen the legislation against corruption," he said.

These decree-laws will grant whistleblowers a reward of 5% of the amount of money recovered that could reach up to 50,000 dinars.

The caretaker PM said he has worked to support the role of judges in the war on terrorism, citing the creation of twelve administrative courts in different regions.

He also recalled the government's proposal in the 2020 finance bill to create a justice support fund.

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