Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Arrests in Port Vila

A short while ago, it was learned, arrest warrants had become effective for those who had met with Pipite to decide on the pardons (11 of the 14 claimed as pardoned) and they will stay in the Correctional facility until 22 October. Three of their lawyers were also charged and arrested. Further information came to light to implicate Moana Carcasses and Steven Kalsakau and Serge Vohor. Moana Carcasses’ arrest was expected soonest.

There was to be a court meeting this morning to consider the legality of the pardons, but the lawyer for Pipite was apprehended, and the court will now sit Monday morning.

Late afternoon crowds (which included tourist ship visitors) lined the streets in front of the Central Police Station as those arrested were brought in, in Police "cages". Not a lot of sympathy was visible.