The Special Prosecutor has charged Sen. Alfonso Diaz with violation of the Code of Ethics and Misconduct in Public Office for using his position to harass a business competitor. SP Michael Copeland charged Diaz yesterday with four counts of violation of the code of ethics and four counts of misconduct in public office.
Diaz was charged with using his position to pressure Palau officials and some international organization to harass Roll 'em productions. Copeland stated in the information filed in court that Diaz "wrongfully used his position as a Senator in an attempt to pressure the Foreign Investment Board to investigate, fine, and revoke the operating license of his business competitor." The information stated that Diaz "used his position to influence the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication to suspend a grant given to his business competitor." The information stated that Diaz "did take, participate in taking of use his government position to attempt to influence an official action where it was reasonably foreseeable that the action could have material financial interest of that employee that different from the effect on the public generally."
The information further stated that Diaz "being a public official, do an illegal act under the color of office and he introduced Senate Bill 8-19, a bill which would limit the competition to the radio and television broadcasts businesses in which he holds an ownership interest." (Palau Horizon, May 15-18, 2009)