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Lukashenko gives one year to establish smooth operation of Investigation Committee

MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) – The operation of the Investigation Committee should be smoothed out for the body to become full-fledged during 2012, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko as he heard out a report from Chairman of the Investigation Committee Valery Vakulchik on 9 January.

The press service of the Belarusian head of state quoted Alexander Lukashenko as saying that the structure of the Investigation Committee should be totally polished within a year taking into account the drawbacks that have yet to be discovered in the process of its operation. Besides, it will be necessary to make final decisions regarding the personnel of the agency. Alexander Lukashenko said the Committee should become an example for improving the performance of other power-wielding bodies.

Since the beginning of the year personnel of the Investigation Committee have made over 3,000 crime scene examinations, have launched legal proceedings in 1,122 criminal cases that will be investigated by the Committee’s officers. Valery Vakulchik said that personnel of the Investigation Committee and Interior Ministry bodies work together to investigate crimes, timely respond to reports about accidents and offences.

Yet several minor issues have yet to be addressed, including the accommodation of Investigation Committee departments in oblast and district capitals. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that top executives of the Interior Ministry, the State Security Committee, and the oblast governors should take part in the organization of the Committee’s operation. The head of state remarked that he was intent on visiting Investigation Committee branches during his working trips about the country.