26 Jul 2016

Vanuatu conspiracy trial adjourned

8:01 pm on 26 July 2016
Moana Carcasses outside court in Port Vila following his conviction

Moana Carcasses outside court in Port Vila following his conviction Photo: RNZI / Hilaire Bule

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has again adjourned the trial of former members of parliament charged with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

11 of the 14 MPs sent to jail late last year for corruption and bribery, along with three lawyers, had also been charged with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

The charges followed the pardoning of the MPs on the bribery convictions, by the speaker of parliament, Marcelino Pepite, in his role as acting president.

Pepite is one of those convicted and jailed for bribery.

The trial is now set to begin on 1 August because defending lawyers were not ready for today's hearing.

Most of the 14 MPs in prison for bribery are serving 3 year prison sentences, with one, former prime minister Moana Carcasses, serving a four year term.

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