The final duel before the 2016 elections

Bribery Charges Against MPs to be Registered

The Public Prosecutions Office has finalized all documents on the case of bribery against the 16 Opposition MP’s today and will register the case on Monday for the Chief Justice to set a trial date.

The long-awaited case which has captured worldwide attention will be registered and the Chief Justice is expected to provide a trial date once the case is registered on Monday the 25th of May 2015.

A complaint, lodged by the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, with police, alleges Mr Carcasses deposited a cheque for 35 million vatu, more than $A400, 000, into his personal account before ordering 16 transfers to the accounts of his wife and 15 opposition MPs.

Vanuatu’s Supreme Court had overturned the barring from parliament of 16 opposition MPs, including opposition leader Moana Carcasses. The Government appealed but the Appeal Court also ruled in favor of the Opposition saying the Parliament cannot take the role of the courts.

The case is now ready to be registered by the Public Prosecutor come Monday the 25th of May 2016. This case will set a precedent to political behavior in Vanuatu and will determine the cause of politics for Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Courts will finally play their role in the matter and settle the disputed “loan” argument between the Government and the Opposition.