Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC)
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What is the DCEC?
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The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is an operational autonomous body under portfolio responsibility of the minister for Justice, Defence and security, established to combat corruption and economic crime. It was established in August 1994, when the corruption and Economic Crime Act of 1994 was enacted. The Director of DCEC is appointed by The president.

The DCEC mandate is to combat corruption and economic crime as well as money laundering. A DCEC officer may without a warrant arrest a person if he reasonably suspects that person that has committed or is about to commit an offence under the corruption and Economic Crime Act. Section 12 of the CEC Act states that a person arrested under section 10 shall be taken as soon as possible to a police station to be dealt with in accordance with the provision of the criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.

The Corruption and Economic Crime (CEC) Act of 1994 does not give a definite definition for "corruption" but rather lists action that point to corruption under section 23. Simply put the definition of corruption entails ”Abuse of official position for personal gain” or offering, accepting or soliciting a valuable consideration as an inducement or reward for doing or not doing an act which amount to abusing one’s official position.

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