Subject: LUSA: MPs call for attorney general to probe oil bribe report

31-03-2004 12:32:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-5929452 Temas:

East Timor: MPs call for attorney general to probe oil bribe report

Dili, March 31 (Lusa) - East Timor`s parliament approved on Wednesday a motion calling for Dili`s Attorney General to investigate media allegations that lawmakers received bribes from an oil company.

The motion was proposed by the ruling Fretilin party and calls for Timor`s top legal official to "urgently" investigate a Dili newspaper report that MPs were bribed by an international oil firm in exchange for granting oil exploration rights.

An American oil company launched a lawsuit at the beginning of March against the Australian government, alleging that a Canberra official gave USD 50,000 in bribes to Dili MPs, on behalf of a rival company, to get oil rights in the Timor Sea.

EL/CJB Lusa

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