Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates – 6 Nov 2016 – Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Tonga

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These updates are provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Anti-Corruption Project for Southeast Asia, and the joint UNODC - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, with support of the Australian Government.

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VANUATU:

Jailed MPs must wait for judgement.  Fourteen jailed former Vanuatu MPs have been told they have to continue to wait for the Supreme Court judgement on their constitutional application.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/317277/jailed-vanuatu-mps-must-wait-for-judgement



SOLOMON ISLANDS:

Tax Free Campaign.  The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions (SITCU) will be announcing a range of actions it would pursue in a national campaign against the recent awarding of tax-free salaries to Members of Parliament (MPs).

http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/11650-tax-free-campaign



PNG:

Budget queried.  "The 2017 Papua New Guinea National Budget will be brought down today, minus a legal requirement that is designed to provide transparency and highlight weak governance in the money plan."

http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=1533853145817c3a6d06cf81ee9e23



TONGA:

Four Nationals to Be Sentenced For Passport Forgery Next Week.  Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on Friday next week after pleading guilty to charges in a passport forgery trial in September.

http://www.pireport.org/articles/2016/11/03/four-tongan-nationals-be-sentenced-passport-forgery-next-week



For more information about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, please get in touch with:

Maria Adomeit, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, maria.adomeit@unodc.org

Mihaela Stojkoska, Anti-Corruption Specialist - Pacific, UNDP, mihaela.stojkoska@undp.org

Luisa Senibulu, Governance Programme Associate, UNDP/UNODC, luisa.senibulu@undp.org

Samita Singh, Programme Assistant - Anti-Corruption, UNDP/UNODC, samita.singh@undp.org


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