Alleged conspiracies await hearings

The bribery matter still remains before the Supreme Court in relation to conspiracy issues even though the principals are incarcerated. However, since Christmas we have the other major conspiracy case filed with the Court which has been reported in Daily Post.

The former Attorney General and the then Caretaker Prime Minister are two now Opposition leaders named in an action being brought by Vanuatu Registry Services against the Government and others in a conspiracy over breach of contract. Ishmael Kalsakau and Sato Kilman are both mentioned by name as the sixth and seventh defendants in Civil Case No.1089 of 2015 lodged with the court on 24th December when Kilman was still PM.

Vanuatu Registry Services says it had binding and exclusive agreements with the Government of Vanuatu in the matter of the CIIP (the Capital Investment Immigration Plan). Parliament approved a change to the Constitution (the one which allowed dual nationality) under CIIP. CIIP “incorporated and encompassed every programme, plan, scheme and product that allowed an individual to be granted citizenship in Vanuatu by making an investment of capital in whatever shape or form and however defined in primary and/or secondary legislation and that the exclusivity given to the Claimant in the Original Agreement extended to include the same.” The Claimant sees VRS as the sole operator for “citizenship for investment schemes”, however modified.

Also named as defendants in the action, apart from the Government and Kilman and Kalsakau, are PRG Consulting Limited, Vanuatu Migration Services Limited, Henry Tamashiro (Director of Immigration) and George Bogiri (a former Director of Internal Affairs). Vanuatu Registry Services Limited, a company based in Hong Kong with a subsidiary at Eluk, Port Vila, claims the Defendants conspired together to perform acts which were themselves unlawful and did or were intended to damage the Claimant.

Damages, interest, costs and other relief as the Court deems fit are claimed against each of the Defendants. No date has yet been set for the hearing.