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Cops quiz former Finance Minister

Former Finance Minister Brian Kuei Tung was interviewed last week by officers of the Anti-Corruption Squad as part of investigations into the Piarco Airport $1.6 billion expenditure.

Sunday Newsday learned that Kuei Tung was questioned about the release of certain payments during 1995 to 2000, while he was Finance Minister and while the airport was under construction. The interview took place at the office of the Anti-Corruption Squad. Efforts to reach Kuei Tung yesterday proved futile. Police sources revealed that officers of the Anti-Corruption Squad will soon be questioning another former Minister as part of the probe. Police are investigating corruption relating to certain agencies and the award of contracts at the Airport Project.

The Bob Lindquist Report on the Piarco Airport Development Project, has already revealed that the $1.6 billion airport project was a fraud on the people of the country and a clear abuse of public funds. The report said its findings were "consistent with a conspiracy to corrupt the contract selection process beginning in 1996, and carried out throughout the contracting period".

In 1996 Cabinet, under the Central Tenders Board Act, appointed Nipdec as Project Manager of the airport development project. Nipdec then awarded the main contract to Ish Galbaransingh's Northern Construction Company. Galbaransingh has since filed a writ in the court to halt the probe and return documents seized from him by police. A former Nipdec General Manager was also quizzed by officers of the Anti-Corruption Squad two weeks ago.

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