COOK ISLANDS OPPOSITION WANTS POLICE INVESTIGATION OF GOVERNMENT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (August 3, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tuqiri)---The Cook Islands opposition says it will file a formal complaint with police this week to open investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement within the government.

The decision follows the Cook Islands Public Expenditure Review Committee’s allegation that funds from two government agencies were mismanaged by former senior government officials.

Opposition leader Dr. Terepai Moate said the Members of Parliament voted against his party's motion to refer the findings to police for further investigation because the outcome would be damaging to the government.

According to Cook Islands Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Henry, MP's prefer that proper procedures are followed and that the matter be referred to a Parliamentary select committee for initial investigation.

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