7 Mar 2008

Guam governor faces criticism for commuting sentence of official convicted on fraud charges

6:15 pm on 7 March 2008

A former Guam attorney general says the Governor Felix Camacho's decision to commute the sentence of former official of the Mass Transit Authority, Antonio Diaz, is a set back in the drive against graft and corruption.

Douglas Moylan told the Marianas Variety newspaper he was disappointed by the governor's action, given all the hard work everybody had put in to bring this case to court.

Mr Moylan successfully prosecuted Diaz in 2005 for spending nine thousand US dollars of government funds for personal purchases including a computer and airline tickets for his wife and daughter.

Diaz's two-year prison term has been reduced to time served.

Mr Moylan says it shows that those with political connections are treated differently to those in lower echelons.