2 Dec 2005

Solomons police refuse to say if PM probed in compensation investigation

3:34 pm on 2 December 2005

Solomon Islands Police are refusing to say whether they have launched an investigation into the prime minister over allegations related to of missing compensation money.

An auditor-general report, which has been referred to police and tabled in parliament has alleged that millions dollars were missing from a loan by Taiwan for compensation payments.

The prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, is said to be implicated in the report as he was the Minister of National Unity and Reconciliation at the time of the disbursement of some 20 million US dollars.

The report says most claims were excessive or false.

Sir Allan says he did no wrong and would welcome a police probe.