29 Jun '18, 2am

Singapore court fines company with Nauru link over corruption

Singapore court fines company with Nauru link over corruption

A Singapore court has fined a local company buying and shipping phosphate from Nauru with corruption. Photo: 123rf Getax Ocean Trades Propriety Ltd in 2010 paid a then Nauru MP, Ryke Solomon, around US$20,000 as an inducement to advance the business interests of an associated company, Getax Australia, in Nauru. According to the Straits Times , Mr Solomon, who died soon after retaining his seat in the 2016 elections, had wanted the money to help his election chances in 2010. A member of Nauru's government at that time, Sprent Dabwido, who went on to become president the following year, says soon after returning from a trip to Singapore Mr Solomon backed an attempt to overturn the government in a vote of no confidence. Mr Dabwido said this sort of corrupt behaviour was common in Nauru. The Australian Federal Police has previously had Getax Australia under investigation for b...

Full article: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/3607...

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