DAMAGING OMBUDSMAN'S REPORT ABOUT FORMER VANUATU PRIME MINISTER MAXIM CARLOT KORMAN

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (February 19, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Vanuatu's Ombudsman, Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson, has released a damning report about the country's former Prime Minister, Maxim Carlot Korman.

As Radio Australia correspondent Danielle Guille reports, the Ombudsman alleges that Maxime Carlot Korman abused his political position in favor of his sister:

"As the leader of the opposition in 1990, Maxime Carlot Korman used his political influence to obtain the liberation of his sister, jailed for stealing public funds.

"The following year, as Prime Minister, he managed to secure a position in the public service for his sister again, and later obtained substantial financial compensation on her behalf.

"The Ombudsman noted that this misconduct would not have been possible without the complicity of other ministers and public servants.

"This is the seventh report by the Ombudsman on breaches of the leadership code involving Maxime Carlot Korman, who currently is a member of Parliament.

"Danielle Guille, Port Vila."

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