9 Jan 2015

Vanuatu bribery case deferred until March

6:26 am on 9 January 2015

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has adjourned an alleged bribery case involving the opposition leader, Moana Carcasses, until March the 26th.

Moana Carcasses Kalosil

Moana Carcasses Kalosil Photo: RNZI

The case was put off as police investigations are yet to be completed.

The case follows an official complaint by the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, who asked police to investigate allegations surrounding payments of more than 300,000 US dollars by Mr Carcasses to 14 opposition MPs.

Our correspondent says according to a reliable government source the adjournment is to give more time to the government to prosecute the case.

In November, Mr Carcasses and the 14 accused MPs were suspended from parliament after Mr Natuman complained that they had breached the leadership code.

The Supreme Court later overturned this decision.