Koror, Palau – On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Presiding Justice Kathleen M. Salii of the Palau Supreme Court Trial Division sentenced former Angaur State Governor Marvin Ngirutang in Criminal Case No.
Today, August 6, 2020, I celebrate my two-year mark as the Special Prosecutor for the Republic of Palau. Our office has done its best to expose corruption, encourage good governance, and help those who call Palau home find the courage to speak up and make a difference. To date, we received complaints of government corruption from members of government, whistleblowers within the government, and private individuals who trust the integrity of our office to impartially investigate, and when appropriate, prosecute their complaints without hesitation.
The Special Prosecutors Act gives the Special Prosecutor the powers, functions and duties (1) to receive complaints of, investigate, and prosecute any and all allegations of violations of the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Palau; and, (2) to investigate and act as the prosecutor for the national government in any other case in which the Ministry of Justice or the Office of the Attorney General is unable to investigate or prosecute because of an actual or potential conflict of interest or other ethical considerations. It also gives the Special Prosecutor the ability to require the aid and assistance of any national or state officials, government employees, and any custodian of public funds or property at all times in the inspection and examination of all books, records, accounts and property of the national government or a state government, their subdivisions and agencies.
These are broad powers meant to enhance the independent nature of the Special Prosecutor so that prosecutorial decisions and priorities will not be dictated by political considerations or personal affiliations. The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was created to focus its efforts on high-priority public integrity matters. My actions as Special Prosecutor have focused on this directive, and I will continue to do so regardless of the crime, or who is involved, or whether the suspects are in the forefront or behind the scenes of criminal activity. Neither fear, intimidation, or adversity will prevent the OSP from continuing to conduct itself in a professional manner in our fight against corruption and corrupt practices. We will continue to work with agencies of the government and the public sector, as possible, to ensure cases are prosecuted properly and effectively, keeping in mind the confidential nature of most of our investigations. And as the Special Prosecutor, I will promote the cause of justice in the Republic of Palau by action and deed throughout the remainder of my contract.
Kom kmal mesulang!