31 Jul 2007

Vanuatu fraud probe focuses on PPP members

6:18 pm on 31 July 2007

Vanuatu police have confirmed they are investigating up to seven members of the People's Progressive Party in connection to a massive fraud case.

The case involves the illegal use of government cheques totalling about 420,000 US dollars in June.

The deputy police commissioner Major Arthur Caulton says they also believe a number of other parliamentary staff may be involved.

He has confirmed that the Fiji fugitive, Salendra Sen Sinha, is the main suspect wanted for questioning in connection with the fraud.

"He's been arrested in Fiji, along with two French citizens and a ni-Vanuatu. The two French citizens and the ni-Vanuatu are now back in Port Vila but I think he's [Salendra Sen Sinha] also wanted in Fiji for other offences so we are yet to talk with Fiji to see if he could come back to Vanuatu to face the charges before returning to Fiji."

Major Arthur Caulton