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Assistant Commissioner Crimes Hodges Ette confirmed that Mr O’Neill was brought in for questioning at the Fraud Squad office in Konedobu yesterday afternoon upon his return from Brisbane, Australia.
ACP Ette said that all Covid-19 protocols were strictly observed when Mr O’Neill was brought in for questioning.
Police allege that Mr O’Neill directed payments for the purchase of the two generators from Israel without due consideration for procurement processes as required under Public Finance Management Act.
- the purchase of the two generators was not approved by the National Parliament
- the purchase did not go through tender processes
- there was no legal clearance from the State Solicitors for such payment
- and Mr O’Neill directed the National Executive Council to convene and approved the payment of K50 million for the generators after the purchase was made
Mr Ette said there is reasonable evidence of misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption.