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States probe into South Africa flights to stay confidential

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THE findings of a disciplinary investigation into the actions of two civil servants who spent nearly £13,000 of taxpayers' money on flights to a South African mining conference are to remain confidential, the Chief Minister has said.

Senator Ian Gorst said on Tuesday that a review of the States' travel booking policy, under which the flights were arranged, and a disciplinary procedure were under way, but that only the first would be made public.

The JEP recently revealed that Mike King, Economic Development chief executive, and Wayne Gallichan, the head of inward investment at Locate Jersey, travelled on fully flexible return business-class tickets to Cape Town.

The two men, who initially defended the cost of the tickets, which they said were booked in accordance with States policy and would enable them to rest so that they could begin work immediately, were later discovered to have booked to play golf on their arrival.

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