PALAU PROSECUTOR SUES LEGISLATURE OVER PAYMENTS

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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, June 10) — The Office of the
Special Prosecutor has filed a lawsuit against members of the Senate and House
of Delegates to determine whether they lawfully allocated and spent their
allowances and representation funds.

The special prosecutor is asking the court to declare that the
contingency or representation funds given to the legislators were illegal and
unlawful.

The special prosecutor also asked the court to rule that members
of the Olbiil Era Kelulau, Palau’s national legislature, are not entitled to
receive contingency and representation payments.

In a four-page complaint, the special prosecutor said the
lawmakers each receive monthly payments in the amount of $1,000 from the
national treasury as official expense allowances.

They receive these payments in addition to their salaries as
members of the OEK.

Aside from the official expense allowances, the lawmakers also
receive contingency or representation funds amounting to $2,000.

According to the special prosecutor, none of the OEK spending
bills contained any appropriations for these funds.

The allocation and spending of the funds is therefore in
violation of the law and constitute unlawful expenditure, the special prosecutor
said.

June 10, 2003

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