12 Jul 2003

Fiji opposition wants inquiry into allegations against telecommunications company

8:06 am on 12 July 2003

Fiji's opposition leader has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of criminal fraud by the country's monopoly overseas telecommunications provider, FINTEL.

Mick Beddoes' call follows a complaint to police by the budget telephone company, TELPAC, that FINTEL is re-routing calls to the United States through Australia and New Zealand causing delays and extra costs for consumers.

Mr Beddoes says if these allegations are true and fraud has taken place, then the government is obliged to fine FINTEL and associated companies with a vested interest.

Radio Fiji quotes the opposition leader as saying this sort of abuse happens when the government gives companies undeserved monopoly status.

FINTEL is denying the allegations.