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Warrant of arrest against Biliki withdrawn

20 November 2014
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THE man accused of the $10 million scandal in the Ministry of Health and Medical Service has had the warrant of arrest issued for him terminated.

This was after John Biliki, of Choiseul, turned up in court on Tuesday and explained why he failed to turn up in court on the previous hearing.

The court accepted his explanations and terminated the warrant of arrest issued for him.

The matter was then adjourned to December 9, for further mention.

All disclosures were already served to the defence counsel.

Biliki was charged with 15 counts of false pretence and 15 counts of money laundering.

Prosecution alleged he defrauded the government of $7.3 million.

It was alleged that between January 1, 2012 and September 20, 2013, Biliki colluded with some public officers from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) and then defraud the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) on 15 occasions which totalled up to $7.3 million.

It was alleged that Biliki registered and operated a shipping agent called Eroba Shipping Services and allegedly assisted to set up the Joke Shipping Services also a shipping agent  intentionally to make it
look legitimate to unreasonable claims of payments from SIG.

These shipping services names were allegedly being used by Biliki and his associates and some officers from the MoHMS, to get several payments from SIG covering up Health Clinic projects in and around the provinces.

The shipping services were set up to ship materials to the various projects sites in the provinces, to which were never done.

The accused and his cohorts allegedly claimed payments from the SIG with fictitious services or services that were never provided.

Biliki’s co-accused a taxi driver labelled as the toy boy in this scandal was already sentenced early this year for defrauding the government of $1.5 million.

By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN

 

 

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