Updated at 06:30,06-12-2017

20 years of futile corruption therapy: Lukashenka set to tighten control over incomes of officials, families

Belsat

Crimes committed by morally depraved officials erode public trust in authorities, Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka said at a session to discuss improvements of anti-corruption laws.

The proposals to toughen control over incomes and property of high-ranking officials and their relatives were voiced at the session.

"People should know how officials and their relatives live, where their money and property come from. This is, in my opinion, a normal international practice,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Mr Lukashenka as saying.

Plans have been made to confiscate the property of a government official if its cost clearly exceeds the income earned from legitimate sources. “If it is determined that a government official lives beyond his means, that part of the property which was obtained in an unfair way, is subject to seizure," the President insisted.

Other proposed measures include the restriction of the right to pensions for civil servants and military personnel accused of grave and very grave corruption and other crimes. In addition, there are proposals to ban people having a corruption crime record from taking up government jobs.