Police have arrested the former Member of Parliament for Central Makira constituency Mr Hypolite Taremae, who is also the deputy premier for Makira Ulawa Province on corruption charges earlier this week.
Mr Taremae was charged with two counts of conversion under section 278, subsection C 1 of the penal code.
It was alleged that the former MP misappropriated four hundred and seventy four thousand- eight hundred and seventy two dollars of the ‘Reforestation out-growers subsidy funds’, granted to Central Makira Constituency in 2011 and 2013.
The alleged incident occurred when he was still the member of parliament for central Makira.
Police say the suspect was bailed and is expected to appear in court on the 4th of June.
Meanwhile Police Commissioner Matthew Varley says police still have a large number of cases against public office holders in their books.
“Matters and allegation of corruptions, both against public servants and public office holders like MPs, we have a large number of cases on our books, and we continue to work through those behind the scenes,” he said.
“Over the past weeks we had a number of trials ongoing and our work is very intensive in terms of preparing cases for court and witnesses, but none the less behind scenes, investigations continue.”
By: Lowen Sei.