11 May 2015

Vanuatu court dismisses appeal against MPs

2:31 pm on 11 May 2015

Vanuatu's Appeal Court has dismissed the appeal of the speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, over last year's suspension of 16 opposition MPs.

Mr Boedoro had suspended the MPs, including the opposition leader, Moana Carcasses, amid allegations of bribery.

Vanuatu MP Moana Carcasses

Vanuatu MP Moana Carcasses Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

15 of the MPs had been accused of having received one million vatu, or $US9,500, each from Mr Carcasses, in a breach of parliamentary standing orders.

But the MPs went to court, asserting the suspension was a breach of their constitutional rights.

They won, prompting Mr Boedoro's unsuccessful appeal.