29 Aug 2008

Vanuatu candidate says arrest was politically motivated

1:49 pm on 29 August 2008

A candidate in Vanuatu's election says his arrest this week was politically motivated.

The Lord Mayor of Port Vila, Paul Avock, is standing for the Vanua'aku party in Tuesday's election.

He says he was arrested on Sunday, and held for 15 hours, without being charged.

Mr Avock says he doesn't know who is behind his arrest, but believes there's a political reason.

"Maybe some of our leaders, they face difficulties in this coming election. They want to stop some of us [from contesting] the election, or they want to rubbish our names from this coming election."

Paul Avock says he will be suing the police for unlawful arrest.