Former Temotu Premier arrested
Former Temotu Province Premier Fr Brown Beu and his deputy premier Bradley Tau, including a former provincial secretary of the province were arrested and charged before Christmas for allegedly committing corruption in office.
Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed confirmed the arrest this morning that the former politicians and former PS Samuel Kafukesa were arrested before Christmas by RSIPF fraud squad and had appeared in Lata Magistrates Court.
The charges stemmed from a complex investigation into a timber right acquisition and a transfer of grant of profit of two perpetual estates on Santa Cruz dating back to 2015 to 2017.
The former PS including the MPAs are facing one count each for corrupt practices as codified in section 374 (a) of the penal code, and other corruption charges.
It was alleged that the trio misappropriated around $20,000 to $50,000 in transport and accommodation allowances.