12 Nov 2015

Packed court for Vanuatu bribery appeals

2:23 pm on 12 November 2015

Vanuatu's Court of Appeal this morning began hearing the cases of 14 MPs jailed for bribery last month.

Our correspondent in Port Vila Hilaire Bule says the courtroom is packed, with crowds also gathered outside following the case.

The 14 convicted MPs have filed six separate appeals with former deputy prime minister Moana Carcasses appearing first on the court listing.

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The Court of Appeal is expected to sit for several weeks with 21 cases listed to go before the courts.

The balance of power in parliament hinges on the outcome of the case.

A ruling in favour of the convicted MP's would restore the government's power while a negative result will leave a hung parliament.

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