COOK ISLANDS OFFICIAL RUA SAYS THREATS SENT TO PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

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BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (May 28, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---Security arrangements are being implemented for two senior Cook Islands government officials following a threatening letter sent to Prime Minister Dr. Robert Woonton’s office.

Piho Rua, the office’s chief executive, says he has handed the information over to the police who have begun an investigation into the threats.

Mr. Rua would not identify what was in the letter or which officials are involved but he says he has some suspects in mind.

"The content of the letter is serious enough for me and also for the police to be alerted over the safety of government officials in this country," he said.

Police will investigate whether there’s any connection between the fire in the prime minister’s office last week and the threatening letter," Mr. Rua said.

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