7 Sep 2002

Court reinstates seven Vanuatu police charged with mutiny

9:17 am on 7 September 2002

Seven Vanuatu police officers charged with mutiny have been reinstated to help the prosecution investigate the case against them.

The seven appeared in Vanuatu Magistrates Court on Friday to face mutiny charges, but the prosecution said it did not yet have a case as it lacked the resources to investigate the charges.

The prosecution requested that the seven, one of them Vanuatu's chief police investigator, be reinstated to assist the investigation.

Magistrate Jerry Boe reinstated the police but said they were not to leave the country or cause any problems until their next hearing on September 19.

The magistrate also dropped arrest warrants for 20 other police facing mutiny charges.