Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Management of the bribery trial

The Digest has not appeared for two days owing to internet problems. The system is now working properly again. News items mot covered will appear later. Here we cover only the bribery trial dealt with in full in Daily Post yesterday …

Management of the criminal case concerning bribery of – and by – Members of Parliament was agreed Tuesday morning in the Supreme Court before Justice Mary Sey. The trial will take place for two weeks from 2 September.

The number of defendants is reduced to 16. Under the Act relative to the Public Prosecutor, the Public Prosecutor has power to grant immunity from prosecution according to criteria which are outlined. Two Santo MPs, Kalfau Moli and Hosea Nevu, have sought such immunity. Their indemnity can be lost if they fail to fulfill or comply with the terms of their indemnification.

In the two weeks some 48 witnesses are to be heard.