PALAU LAWMAKER DECRIES STALLED THEFT PROBE

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Sept. 3) — Del. Joel Toribiong has demanded an explanation from Bureau of Public Safety Director Hazime Telei regarding the still unsolved grand larceny incident last year occurring at the Ministry of Finance.

In a letter to Telei, Toribiong said that sometimes in Dec. of 2006, an amount approximately $7,000 was stolen fro ministry and until this time no arrest has been made.

Toribiong said because of the case being unresolved there were suspects whose "lives are still in limbo."

Toribiong said ,"It is my understanding that the Criminal Investigation Division was assigned to investigate this case, yet no arrest or apprehension of the perpetrator is being made. I am beginning to doubt your capability as law enforcement officers considering the fact that numerous crimes in the Republic of Palau have gone unresolved. Are we still safe in this society?"

He said the case being unresolved is because of the fact that there are six employees of the Palau National Treasury who are considered suspects on the case.

"Your inconclusive probe to this criminal act have branded the suspects in this case as criminals and have caused irreparable damage to their reputations and especially their careers," Toribiong said.

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