Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) has called on the Ministry of Forestry and Research to submit hard evidence of unaccounted government revenues of the more than $500 million to the Police for investigation.
It was reported that the $500 million tax loss was revealed by the outgoing Minister of Forestry and Research, Bodo Dettke after his reshuffling as the new Minister for Tourism this week.
In a statement, TSI said the report by Hon Dettke indicates this amount was unaccounted from the period of 2008-2013.
It says responsible investigating and prosecuting authorities must insist that the documents be released to them for investigation.
TSI Acting Executive Officer, Edward Ronia says TSI is concern that the documents exposed by the former Minister of Forestry could easily be locked away in its state of secrecy by people who are benefiting from corruption if the documents remain at the Ministry of Forestry.