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2 September 1997
A Ministry of Agriculture employee who was suspended on full pay following allegations that he was involved in spreading the rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) in south Canterbury has been cleared of in any involvement in the illegal importation of the disease.
MAF was advised today by MAF Enforcement Unit and Police investigators that there is nothing to link the person with the importation of the virus. Investigations to find the person or persons responsible for the importation are continuing.
However, the staff member in question is still suspended on full pay pending completion of inquiries to find out whether he acted appropriately as a MAF employee.
The matter is now solely a staff employment issue. No further comment will be made by the Ministry at this stage.
Media inquiries to:
Peter Stipkovits, Acting Director Human Resources,
MAF Quality Management (025) 461 805