8 Apr 2003

Suspended Marshall Islands chief judges faces 30 criminal charges

6:46 am on 8 April 2003

The suspended chief justice of the Marshall Islands high court, Charles Henry, is now facing 30 criminal charges.

More charges were added by the Marshalls prosecution after the citing chief justice, Arthur Ngiraklsong of Palau, overruled objections by the defence.

Henry was first charged in August with seven charges of cheating for abusing public funds.

He now faces 16 counts of cheating, 12 counts of misconduct in office, one of embezzlement and one libel charge.

The libel charge stems from writing letters to a US senator urging the US Congress to reject funding because of human rights abuses which the Marshall Islands says Henry knew were false and exposed the country to contempt and ridicule.