22 Sep 2004

Vanuatu PM's contempt case to be heard on Thursday

4:22 pm on 22 September 2004

A Vanuatu government minister says there will be a hearing tomorrow into charges of contempt against the Prime Minister, Serge Vohor.

Mr Vohor was charged after he made derogatory comments in Parliament against the Chief justice, Vincent Lunabek.

The Supreme Court granted the appeal when lawyers for Mr Vohor argued that a summons took Mr Vohor by surprise straight after an overseas trip.

The Infrastructure and Public Utilities Minister, Willie Jimmy, says he has just been appointed to work closely with the Acting Prime Minister, Ham Lini, over the issue.

"The Council of Ministers appointed me to work closely with the Acting Prime Minister to liaise with the state law office to make sure that our response to the case against the Prime Minister at the moment is filed in time, which is by 3 pm today, for the hearing tomorrow."

Willie Jimmy.