7 Aug 2015

Two Vanuatu MPs accused of customs fraud

4:07 pm on 7 August 2015

Vanuatu's opposition has asked authorities to investigate alleged customs fraud by two MPs and a sometime diplomat.

It is alleged that government MPs Paul Telukluk and Arnold Prasad, along with a former diplomat turned businessman, attempted to defraud the government and people of Vanuatu by not declaring their company's import of a large quantity of cigarettes.

According to the opposition, Vanuatu's Director of the Department of Customs and the Commissioner of Police should properly investigate the allegation.

The opposition also called on the government to refrain and cease from attempting to interfere with the lawful operation of Customs in dealing with this allegation.