An outgoing Solomon Islands high court judge says an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is required in the country more than any other “on the planet”.
Justice Stephen Pallaras, a former director of public prosecutions in South Australia and an executive member of an international association against corruption, has served a three-year contract with the high court.
He said corruption is “everywhere” in Solomon Islands.
“Corruption needs to be attacked and it needs to be done so immediately and with conviction,” Pallarus said.
“Those who have held power in the past must all share in the responsibility for what it is at the moment,” he added.
“There is no dispute any longer that corruption is endemic; it is in every sector of the community, it is in politics, it is in the police force, it is in business, it has been said that it exists in the judiciary.”