Civil service £13,000 flights: I apologise, says Mike King

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A SENIOR civil servant embroiled in the flight costs scandal has apologised to the public for what he has called 'an error of judgment'.

Economic Development chief executive Mike King's apology to Islanders comes a week after this newspaper exclusively revealed that he and Locate Jersey's director of inward migration, Wayne Gallichan, had spent almost £13,000 of taxpayers' money flying on fully flexible return business-class tickets to South Africa.

And on Friday it emerged that the two men had been booked to play golf on their arrival at Cape Town, despite saying that they went business-class so that they were fresh to start work immediately.

States chief executive John Richardson has now launched an investigation into the case, while Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham said that the matter was now out of his hands but that he hoped that the outcome of that investigation would be made public.

Read a full Saturday Interview with Wayne Gallichan in this weekend's JEP.

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