25 Feb 2008

Anti corruption commission to be set up in Tonga before end of the year

6:08 am on 25 February 2008

Tonga's Solicitor General says an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission will be set up and it should be in operation before the end of the year.

Linda Folaumoetu'i told Matangi Tonga online that the commission would have extensive power, to investigate suspected corruption, and prosecute civil servants of wrong doing.

She says she supports the move by government to establish an independent Anti-Corruption Commission.

She said that the commissioner would be assisted by nine deputies who will investigate suspected corruption of any person or authority brought to the Commission's attention.

The establishment of Commission is co-funded by the Australian Government, and the position of a commissioner is currently being advertised.

A commissioner should be announced by March.

Linda Folaumoetu'i also says an anti-corruption commission act 2007 was passed.