MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has refused to provide a statement to police on the attempted bribery claim he made this week.
Suidana has claimed certain national government MPs called him by phone and offered $1 million in bribe if he can support the Government’s China switch.
However, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said Suidani declined to provide a statement to police when he was approached to do that.
“Knowing the seriousness of these allegations, I immediately sent a letter to the premier on 24th September, requesting him to meet with my officers and provide a report to police,” Varley said in a statement.
“Today, 25th September I sent a senior RSIPF investigations team to Auki, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Crime & Intelligence,” he added.
“The premier declined to provide a witness statement to police.”
Varley said police take allegations of corruption seriously, as demonstrated by his actions.
“Without the premier’s witness statement, or any other witness evidence, the RSIPF is unable to investigate the allegations made in the newspaper articles.
“Should any person have relevant evidence to provide to police about this matter, I call on them to contact the RSIPF.”