Sua Rimoni Ah Chong: Former Controller and Chief Auditor of Samoa - Samoa (Integrity Award)

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Received the Award on 25 May 2003

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Former Controller and Chief Auditor of Samoa, Sua Rimoni Ah Chong, faced serious threats when he exposed financial crime at the highest levels of government of Samoa in the South Pacific.

From 1992 to 1995 Ah Chong refused to authorise illegal payments to Cabinet Ministers. When in 1994 his Annual Report to Parliament implicated six out of 13 ministers over improper activities and payments, the Cabinet appointed a Commission of Inquiry, not into the irregularities, but into the Chief Auditor himself.

The committee's members included several of the persons criticised in his report. He was suspended in July 1995 and later, after the Constitution was amended for that purpose, dismissed. He is still fighting a legal battle against his suspension and dismissal.

Country / Territory - Samoa   
Region - Asia Pacific   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Whistleblowing   
Tags - Video   |   illegal payments   |   financial crime   |   suspension   |   dismissal   

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