22 Dec 2008

Vanuatu MPs granted bail over prisoner breakout

11:13 am on 22 December 2008

The Vanuatu Magistrates' Court has granted bail to two MPs charged in connection with a mass prison breakout in the capital.

The ABC reports the Port Vila MPs were arrested after being found with most of the 29 escapees.

The prisoners broke out of the city's high risk detention centre after burning down the facility in protest against what they claimed were inhumane conditions.

Port Vila politicians Ralph Regenvanu and Moana Carcasses are charged with aiding the prisoners and trying to negotiate with police.

They have been bailed to appear again on January 9.

Two prisoners remain on the run and a number of police are in hospital with injuries.