11 Mar 2008

Fiji tax probe described as whitewash

3:43 pm on 11 March 2008

Fiji's former opposition leader has described the findings of an inquiry into the interim minister of finance's tax matters as a whitewash.

A committee found that Mr Chaudhry did not breach the Exchange Control Act between 2000 and 2006 in relation to the tax assessment carried out by the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority or FIRCA.

Mick Beddoes says the result of the inquiry is not a surprise.

He says the terms of reference ensured an outcome favourable to Mr Chaudhry.

"The fact is that the terms of reference totally ignored the full picture of what has surrounded this whole matter. And which is the two million dollar funds received ny Mr Chaudhry and its purpose, use and other related matters was simply nor part of the inquiry."

Mr Beddoes says he will now wait and request a commission of inquiry when Fiji returns to democracy.