Further Public Report on the US$100,000,000 bank guarantees – November 28, 1996 - Emalus Campus



Further Public Report on the US$100,000,000 bank guarantees – November 28, 1996

96-13

This report follows upon the earlier public reports of July 3, 1996 and October 22, 1996.  At the time of the report, Scotland Yard had seized the bank guarantees.  Mr. Sope wrote two faxes to Scotland Yard on October 17 and 18, 1996.  In the first letter, he indicated that “due to a reshuffling of portfolios and ministries it has now been decided that I should write and request your immediate assistance in releasing the materials and guarantees…”.  This was untrue.  In this fax he also indicated that the Attorney General’s position was being reviewed as he did not support the new Government.  This was also unfounded.  In the second fax, Mr. Sope indicated that he was making his request with the “full authority of the Republic of Vanuatu and by authority and instruction of the Prime Minister.”  This too was untrue.
Recommendations

·        That Mr. Sope apologize to the Attorney General for seeking to undermine his authority

·        That Mr. Sope be instructed by the Prime Minister to have nothing further to do with the bank guarantees.
The recommendations made in the Public Report of July 3, 1996 are also repeated

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Written by Edward R. Hill
UNDP Governance and Accountability Project
January, 2001
Van/97/001
© Ombudsman of Vanuatu
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