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FICAC: Minister Waits Briefing

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate says he needs to be briefed before he can comment on Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption investigations. He was responding to a
07 Nov 2014 12:47
FICAC: Minister Waits Briefing

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate says he needs to be briefed before he can comment on Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption investigations.

He was responding to a FICAC statement confirming it was carrying out investigations into events at the ministry before he took over. Former Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma did not respond to Fiji Sun requests for comment. But he was quoted on Radio New Zealand as saying he was unaware of any investigations involving his conduct.

The FICAC statement said: “The Commission is conducting a general investigation into the above Ministry and cannot comment further into the matter at present.

“The FICAC will release details once investigations have been completed as commenting now will affect the integrity of the case.

“The investigation is ongoing into the Ministry of Health because of the complexity of the case.

“Investigations are pursued into the public offices when the Commission receives complaints against these offices,” the statement said.
Internal investigations are also continuing within FICAC on how documents of its investigations on the Health Ministry have been leaked.

Sources confirm that confidential documents about the investigations were leaked.
Investigations are centred around alleged abuse of office among other allegations, according to what are claimed to be the leaked documents.

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