VANUATU PM NATAPEI REJECTS POLITICAL PHONE TAPPING CLAIM

admin's picture

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (April 30, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Vanuatu's new Prime Minister Edward Natapei has rejected claims that Australian police are tapping the private telephone of the man he replaced following a no confidence vote two weeks ago.

The former Prime Minister, Barak Sope, has alleged that Australian Federal Police who arrived in Port Vila to investigate drug trafficking are instead interfering in Vanuatu's internal affairs and he wants them expelled.

However, Prime Minister Natapei said the invitation to the Australian police to be in Port Vila was issued while Mr. Sope was Prime Minister, and that given the time period involved Mr. Sope would have been the only one who could have approved any tampering with the telephone system.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment