PALAU LAWMAKER SUED TO REPAY GOVERNMENT MONEY

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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 28) — House Vice Speaker
Antonio Bells was sued by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to compel him to
return government money spent on trips.

The special prosecutor filed four counts of civil complaint
against Bells for travel expenses not related to the lawmaker’s official duties.

The complaint stated that starting in 1997, Bells received
lumpsum payments from the national treasury that he certified as spent on
official trips.

The complaint added that since Bells spent the money for private
use he should be held responsible for its repayment.

The special prosecutor also asked the court to impose civil
penalties up to $10,000 for each violation against Bells.

Earlier, several current and former members of the national
legislature entered into a settlement agreement with Special Prosecutor Everett
Walton concerning their travel expenses.

April 28, 2003

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