[ap-intact] INFO: Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (27 March 2015) - Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Nauru

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh of the joint UNDP-UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project for sharing these updates.]

Fiji: Revenue and customs workers charged with bribery related offences. Two Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority workers have been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.for bribery related offences. http://fijivillage.com/news/2-FRCA-workers-charged-with-bribery-related-offences-rk2s59/

Fiji: Two more identified in relation to alleged fraud scam. Two more people have been identified in relation to an alleged scam which involved a businessman and two former workers of the then Department of National Roads involving more than $3 million. http://fijivillage.com/news/2-more-identified-in-relation-to-alleged-fraud-scam-295ksr

Fiji: Revenue and Customs Authority intercepts smuggled tobacco. Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority officers have intercepted processed tobacco in tea bags concealed inside a machine in Suva. www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/27976/frca-intercepts-smuggled-tobacco

Solomon Islands: Accused denies stealing $7.3m of public funds. A man accused of defrauding $7.3 million from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has denied the allegations made against him. http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/6266-accused-denies-stealing-7-3m-of-public-funds

PNG: Tribunal finds MP guilty of misappropriation. A leadership tribunal in Papua New Guinea has found the MP for Manus, Ronnie Knight, guilty of four charges of misappropriation. http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2015/March/03-24-04.htm

Nauru: Agreement parties slam Japan and Taiwan for ‘abuse’ of fishery. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement have called again for Japan and Taiwan to stop building boats that will lead to further depletion of Pacific tuna stocks. http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2015/March/03-24-02.htm

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