Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates – 26 Dec 2016: Fiji, PNG, Solomons, Vanuatu


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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FIJI:
Duo charged by FICAC for causing loss to Education Ministry pleads not guilty.  Two men charged by Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption for causing the loss of $33,012 to the Ministry of Education have pleaded not guilty in the Suva Magistrates Court.
FICAC Given Time To Consolidate Charges for Accused. Magistrate Makereta Mua has given time to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption to consolidate the two files they have against the former Secretary of the Independent Legal Services Commission.http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/12/21/ficac-given-time-to-consolidate-charges-for-accused/
FICAC works on ensuring accountability.  The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption says it will continue to investigate schools that use Government grants for other purposes.
FICAC checks hardware shops.  The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating some hardware shops around the country.

PNG:
Kavo case back to lower court.  The Waigani National Court has quashed a committal court ruling to have Gulf Governor Havila Kavo stand trial on a charge of misappropriating K783,195 of public funds.
Why police abuse in PNG is widespread, says Kalaut.  Police abuse remains prevalent because intakes were not properly screened, says NCD-Central Commander, Assistant Commissioner Sylvester Kalaut.
Over 8,000 litigation matters.  Over 8,000 cases of State Litigation are now registered with the office of the Solicitor General and 19 percent of those cases relate to police abuses, says top police boss.

SOLOMON ISLANDS:
Solomons builder charged over depleted health fund.  A businessman in Solomon Islands has been charged in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from a public health fund.
Prendergast: investigations on-going.  Police are still actively investigating the Ministry of Health and Medical Service $10 million scandal, says Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast.

VANUATU:
Justice’s Acting DG promises continuity.  “Let me assure you all that while I am in this position, I look forward to working with you to ensuring that continuity prevails at all levels,” said Pacco Siri new Acting Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Community Services.

For more information about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, please contact:
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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