25 May 2012

Vanuatu official on tax fraud charge remains in Australian custody

7:08 pm on 25 May 2012

A senior Vanuatu official in custody in Australia has been in a Brisbane court for allegedly being involved in a large tax fraud.

Clarence Marae was arrested last month while transiting through Sydney with Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, on their way to Israel.

He has been charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the Commonwealth.

No application for bail was made and Marae will remain in custody until the matter is heard again in August.