Search war­rant for lo­cal com­pany


Vila: A Van­u­atu court has is­sued a search war­rant to al­low po­lice to col­lect in­for­ma­tion from gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and pri­vate com­pa­nies re­gard­ing Prime Road­works Ltd. Last year the ni-Van­u­atu owned com­pany was awarded a pub­lic con­tract to build the roads on Santo in the coun­try’s north.

How­ever, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Jay Ng­wele, has com­plained to po­lice, al­leg­ing that the award­ing of the con­tract did not fol­low proper pro­ce­dure.

The war­rant is­sued to po­lice al­lows them to seize com­put­ers and mo­bile phones from sus­pects, and to col­lect data from Van­u­atu’s main telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions providers.

Most of the sus­pects in the al­leged case are civil ser­vants.

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