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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Oct. 5) – Former East Honiara Member of Parliament John Maetia Kaliuae has been charged by police with ten counts of official corruption.

The charges relate to widely publicized allegations of passport scandals.

It is alleged that in 2003, while Chairman of the Solomon Islands Citizenship Commission, Kaliuae facilitated the granting of Certificates of Naturalization to Chinese nationals in exchange for payments.

According to investigators, Mr Maetia allegedly received more than $98,000 (US$13,328) in payments and attempted to solicit an addition $140,000 (US$19,000).

A police statement says the charges were laid following investigations by a joint Corruption Targeting Team.

Mr Maetia was allowed to post bail following his appearance at the Central Magistrates Court yesterday.

While on bail, Mr Maetia Kaliuae was ordered to surrender his passport to police.

He is to appear in Court on November 1.

October 6, 2004

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