28 Oct 2016

Vanuatu bribe case decision expected Wednesday

9:28 am on 28 October 2016

The Vanuatu Supreme Court is expected to rule next Wednesday on an attempt by 14 jailed former MPs to have their convictions quashed.

The 14 men, who were jailed last year for taking bribes to cross the floor, had sought to have the convictions overturned by claiming parliamentary immunity.

They told the court that they were attending a session of Parliament when they were prosecuted and this is prohibited under the constitution.

Vanuatu media reports that some of MPs are expected to give evidence in the case next Tuesday, with judge David Chetwynd due to sit at 9am on Wednesday before giving his decision in the constitutional case.

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