RSIPF officers in Task Force JANUS yesterday arrested permanent secretary Henry Murray of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) and charged him with multiple counts of official corruption, pursuant to Section 91 of the Penal Code of Solomon Islands
The wife of the suspect was also arrested and charged with multiple counts of false pretences.
It is alleged that the permanent secretary approved multiple payments for motor vehicle hire to a company registered to his wife and himself. The value of the payments is in excess of $1.1 million.
They appear at the Honiara Magistrates Court today.
Commissioner of Police, Matthew Varley acknowledges the efforts of Task Force JANUS and assistance of members of the Internal Audit Office of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
“Government employees charged with the responsibilities under the Public Financial Management legislation are duty bound to ensure payments made with Solomon Islands Government funds are made honestly and transparently with due regard to the right processes and procedures,” says Commissioner, Varley.