26 Mar 2008

Seven people implicated in corruption investigation in Tonga waiting on TBC decision

12:13 pm on 26 March 2008

Tonga's Public Service Commission is to decide if any disciplinary action is to be taken against seven people implicated in an investigation into corruption against the Minister of Tourism.

The Minister of Tourism, Fineasi Funaki, has already been reprimanded by the Prime Minister for being found to have broken the law.

Mr Funaki has to forfeit three months pay and has been given his last warning after the Auditor General found the minister had deposited money from the Chinese Embassy into his personal account.

The Minister for Information, Afu'alo Matoto, says the seven implicated in the investigation are now awaiting their fate.

"Well it's been referred to the public service commission because they come under the authority of the public service commission. The Public Service Commission will look at it and then decide whether any disciplinary action needs to be taken against them or not."

Tonga's Minister for Information, Afu'alo Matoto.