19 Oct 2015

Vanuatu MPs get bail after weekend in jail

4:54 pm on 19 October 2015
Marcellino Pipite

The Speaker of Vanuatu's Parliament Marcellino Pipite Photo: RNZI/Hilaire Bule

Eleven MPs and three lawyers in Vanuatu have been given bail after being held on conspiracy charges over the controversial pardons issued last week.

The men including Parliament's Speaker Marcellino Pipite were detained over the weekend after their arrests on Friday.

Mr Pipite pardoned the MPs a week earlier when he was acting President.

They had earlier been found guilty of corruption.

The President Baldwin Lonsdale revoked the pardons last week.

The MPs were arrested on charges of conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.