Wednesday, 05 August 2015, 8:24pm

Saudi Sheep Doc Drop: $4 Million Payment Was Not For 'Legal Claim'

It is now even more apparent that the $4 million payment to the Al Khalaf group was to advance trade with Saudi Arabia, not to settle a legal claim, says Labour's David Parker.

“Documents released today show the Auditor General found the Indicative Business Case raised more questions than it answers.

“The Government has wasted $6 million on the farm in the desert, a $1million on flying sheep on Singapore Airlines and worst of all gave $4 million as a cash payment to Al Khalaf group, for which there is no legal justification." More>>

 
 

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