12 May 2003

Four senior Vanuatu police jailed for mutiny

2:02 pm on 12 May 2003

Four senior police officers in Vanuatu have begun two-year jail terms for mutiny, after the Court of Appeal lifted suspensions on their sentences last Friday.

The four, former commissioner Holi Simon, former commander of the Vanuatu Mobile Force, Api Jack Marikembo, former assistant commissioner Paul Willie Reuben and district commander Eric Pakoa, were convicted of mutiny, inciting mutiny, kidnapping and false imprisonment in November last year.

They were given two-year suspended terms, which the state successfully challenged last week.

The convictions relate to an illegal police action in arresting a series of prominent public officials, including the attorney-general and the newly appointed police commissioner.

Mr Simon had been expecting to be made commissioner.