5 Sep 2007

Call for resignation of Fiji's interim finance minister

10:19 am on 5 September 2007

Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has called on the interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, to resign if he cannot initiate investigations into the interim minister who allegedly evaded taxes.

Mr Qarase has told Radio Legend the alleged tax evasion is serious and urgent steps should be taken by the interim administration.

Mr Qarase says Mr Chaudhry should focus on the interim government minister who allegedly evaded taxes.

He says if the interim government minister over a period of four years had deliberately submitted false income tax returns, that is tax evasion and cannot be described as anything else.

Mr Qarase says that is a serious criminal offence and Mr Chaudhry ought to initiate investigations and find out who the senior government minister is.

The deposed prime minister says when the minister is identified, he should be taken to task.