TONGA’S POLICE MINISTER EDWARDS SAYS GENERAL MOTORS VICE PRESIDENT NYLAND NOW A

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (December 31, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Tonga's Police Minister Clive Edwards says a vice-president of General Motors has become a Tongan to avoid losing most of his wealth in death taxes.

In an interview with the Matangi Tonga monthly magazine, Mr. Edwards claimed Michael Nyland, his wife and five children purchased Tongan passports for US$ 33,000 each.

According to Mr. Edwards, the Nylands said they wanted Tongan passports as, under death-tax laws in the U.S., most of their wealth would be taken by the government, and their children would be left with very little.

Mr. Edwards had earlier announced the passport scheme was to be halted after raising 40 million dollars in ten years, due to negative publicity and the refusal of Australia, Canada and New Zealand to recognize the special passports.

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