Updated: 08/01/2014 20:38

MHA establishes IRP headed by retired Supreme Court judge Goh Joon Seng

MHA establishes IRP headed by retired Supreme Court judge Goh Joon Seng

The Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA, has established an Independent Review Panel (IRP)which will investigate allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by officers. 

It's chaired by retired Supreme Court judge, Goh Joon Seng, and comprises 18 other members. 

The ministry says the IRP will ensure that there are independent, robust and fair processes in place to review allegations made against Home Team officers. 

MHA says this will help foster greater public trust and confidence in the integrity of the Home Team. 

The intention to set up the IRP was first announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean at the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament in March. 

Examples of cases which the IRP will look into include those which have resulted in death or serious injury, as well as cases which obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice. 

MHA says the panel will also look into cases where it is in the public interest to do so. 

The IRP will provide its opinion to the Minister on whether the internal investigations are thorough and fair; and whether there are any areas that need to be further investigated.
It's neither an investigation nor a disciplinary body. 

The IRP is appointed by the Minister for Home Affairs for a term of two years.

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