16 Jul 2015

Vanuatu MPs accused of bribery in court next week

12:08 pm on 16 July 2015

A date has been set in Vanuatu for a preliminary hearing in the bribery case involving 16 MPs.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the case will be heard next Tuesday at the Port Vila Magistrates' Court.

Most of the 16 members belong to the Sato Kilman-led government which came to power last month.

The charges centre around money given by a former opposition leader Moana Carcasses to the MPs.

Mr Carcasses has admitted to offering loans to MPs from his own funds, but denies they were bribes to lure support for changing government.

Sato Kilman was elected prime minister after the Moana Carcasses-led opposition moved a motion of no-confidence against the previous prime minister Joe Natuman.

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The parliament building of Vanuatu Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel