8 Mar 2017

Ten held in custody after Vanuatu land dispute

2:23 pm on 8 March 2017

Police in Santo in Vanuatu are to escort 10 suspects arrested during a South Pentecost land dispute to Luganville, where they will be held in custody.

A Vanuatu police truck in the capital, Port Vila.

Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

The dispute claimed one life and two others needed hospital treatment.

Twelve police officers were deployed to South Pentecost last week to deal with the tension between the communities of Londar and Bunlap village.

The police media unit said the officers had since witnessed a reconciliation ceremony between the warring communities.

Police said three of the suspects would be charged with murder and seven others with unlawful assembly, damage to property and criminal trespass.