Solomons govt urged to reveal parties in 60 million scandal

10:13 am on 7 September 2015

Transparency Solomon Islands says the government should reveal those behind more than $US60 million worth of unpaid levies and taxes from the forestry sector.

The missing millions were last month revealed by the outgoing Forestry Minister, Bodo Dettke, after he was moved to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism over concerns about his well established logging interests.

Acting executive officer Edward Ronia says Transparency is concerned the issue will be swept under the rug by government.

"If it has connections to different people then this is a very good case to identify people who are actually involved in corruption in the country. But since that revelation nothing has happened so we are calling on the government don't just ignore it. The public needs to be well informed about the outcome of those revelations."

Edward Ronia says Transparency may also ask the new Forestry Minister, Bartholomew Parapolo, to look into the issue.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara. Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

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