An amazing coincidence: earthquake strikes during discussion of disputed maritime boundary

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. Map: NASA

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. The line to the west of Vanuatu is where the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates meet. Map: NASA

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Alleged police mutineers released from prison on bail

Following on from yesterday’s news, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Arthur Caulton and senior ranking officers Pierre Carlot (Commander South) and Tony Ata (former Police Service Commission Chairman) have been released from custody on bail conditions. This follows on from outgoing Commissioner Joshua Bong’s allegations of mutiny and the Magistrates’ Court granting bail Saturday night. The Magistrates’ Court, however, has limited jurisdiction and the case will have to go to the Supreme Court. The charge relates to inciting mutiny, Daily Post reports. At 3pm yesterday the bail conditions were granted. Bong has assured everyone that routine patrols will continue and the normal work of the police. He asks everyone to remain calm. It should be noted, however, his contract ended yesterday.

It is Minister George Wells who suspended Bong.Wells told Radio Vanuatu News that the issue being before the courts, Government would wait and see how the courts handle it. Wells: Read the rest of this entry »