OMBUDSMAN SAYS FORMER VANUATU PRIME MINISTER MAXIME CARLOT KORMAN VIOLATED LEADERSHIP

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (February 27, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Vanuatu's Ombudsman has accused former Prime Minister Maxime Carlot Korman of breaching almost every aspect of the nation's leadership code in a display of blatant nepotism.

Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson said Korman has used his influence to get his sister released from jail, appointed to the public service and paid unwarranted compensation.

In her latest report, Ferrieux Patterson recommended that Korman never again be appointed to high office in Vanuatu.

She told Radio Australia that Korman's sister, Antoinette Coulon, had been jailed for misappropriation but wound up with a job in the Vanuatu Lands Department.

"We found that he breached the leadership code in almost all its aspects," Ferrieux-Patterson said. "He used his position for his own family, he also misused public funds by paying Mrs. Coulon some money that she should never have been paid, he hired her in the public service when he shouldn't have hired her. So there were a lot of anti-constitutional actions and breaches of the code."

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