22 Jun 2004

Claims in Solomon Islands that Cabinet Minister involved in a passport scam

3:44 pm on 22 June 2004

The Solomon's Parliament has been told that a former Minister for Home Affairs had used his discretion to issue passports to foreigners who did not qualify.

Non- Solomon Islanders have to live in the country for ten years before being eligible to apply for a passport.

MP Alfred Sasako had asked what actions were being taken by government to

further investigate the passport scam.

The Minister for Commerce, Trevor Olavae, said police have been called in to investigate the matter and are yet to submit a report of their investigations to government.

He said the authority to issue those passports was given by the previous Minister for Home Affairs and members of the Citizenship Board.