Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (13 April 2019): Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Samoa

VANUATU:

Former Vanuatu civil servant convicted of fraud. The former director of Vanuatu's public works department has been found guilty of defrauding the state.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386754/former-vanuatu-civil-servant-convicted-of-fraud

 

COOK ISLANDS:

Concern over lawyer in petition case. Questions are being raised whether the legal representation of a political aspirant in the High Court by the associate minister of Justice is a conflict of interest and breach of ethics.

http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/politics/item/72404-concern-over-lawyer-in-petition-case/72404-concern-over-lawyer-in-petition-case

 

SAMOA:

Terminated Samoa CEO faces no criminal charges. The former chief executive officer was suspended by the Public Service Commission last year over allegations of corruption filed by a representative of a foreign company.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386531/terminated-samoa-ceo-faces-no-criminal-charges

  

  

To know more about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project please contact the team members:

Annika Wythes, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, annika.wythes@un.org

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

Maria Lee, Peace & Development Administrative Assistant, UNDP/UNODC, maria.lee@undp.org

 

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