SOLOMONS PRIME MINISTER UNDER CRIMINAL PROBE

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Opposition leader files police complaint against Philip

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 4, 2011) – The Opposition Leader on Tuesday filed an official complaint with the police against Prime Minister Philip for the alleged abuse of the 2012 Prime Minister’s discretionary fund.

Hon. Dr Sikua said his office submitted the complaint to the Commissioner of Police along with supporting evidences that the Prime Minister had endorsed payments from the discretionary fund to his family members and political cronies.

The Opposition Leader said the Republic of China (Taiwan) funded Prime Minister’s discretionary fund should rightfully be paid to the MORTECH Company of Taiwan for the purchase of solar panels for distribution to Solomon Islands 50 constituencies.

He said this arrangement was sealed in an agreement signed between the previous CNURA Government and the company in 2009 and was to run for a five year period.

The former Prime Minister said he has decided to file the complaint directly with the Police to ensure a full scale investigation is launched into the matter immediately.

He said the Opposition is determined to ensure the Prime Minister is brought to justice for his abuse of public funds as soon as possible.

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