28 Nov 2007

Fiji's deposed prime minister calls for investigation into interim Cabinet minister's taxes

12:17 pm on 28 November 2007

Fiji's deposed prime minister has called on the interim prime minister and the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption to investigate an interim cabinet minister who allegedly evaded taxes over several years.

Laisenia Qarase has told Radio Legend that he has managed to gather evidence against the interim minister from the Australian Tax Office.

Mr Qarase says this shows the minister owning properties and keeping a large amount of cash in Australia without declaring them to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

He says he believes the interim prime minister is aware of this and it should take to priority in corruption investigations.

Mr Qarase says after months of disclosure, there is still no action against the interim minister.

The SDL leader says the party is compiling a number of cases like this involving the interim administration and it will be made public when the time comes.