The Interim Office Against Corruption headed by Justice, Graham Ellis, is already working on corruption matters, and expects to do some work within the six months before the Independent Commission Against Corruption is established.
Some of these matters are those that have been reported to Investigation Taskforce Sweep but not investigated.
After the government announced the disbandment of investigation Task Force Sweep last month, an interim Corruption office was established and former Judge, Graham Ellis, was appointed to Chair the office.
NEC gave three specific terms of references for the office to work on; one to take over the files from ITFS, 2; to co-ordinate the investigation of new matters and 3; to provide advice in relation to the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption or ICAC.
Graham Ellis, who took office this month, said he has not been able to talk to Chairman of ITFS, Sam Koim, with regards to the first term of reference due to National Court’Order which stayed the NEC decision to disband ITFS.
However, he says he has been following closely the investigations done by Koim, and he has in fact met with Koim a year back and briefed on the investigations and is aware of them.
Mr Ellis further said he has already received complaints from the public about corruption, and he will do as much as possible in the short time while the new corruption body, ICAC is established.
He again stressed that he hasn’t met with any political figures and has not received directions from anyone. He said he will do his work transparently and in an accountable way.
He believes that corruption should be uprooted and likened it to a tree.
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