12 Apr 2017

Possible retrial after former Vanuatu MPs' convictions quashed

From , 5:04 am on 12 April 2017

Eleven former Vanuatu MPs cleared of convictions for conspiring to pervert the course of justice could be facing a retrial.

The Court of Appeal in Vanuatu on Friday quashed the convictions of the 11 jailed former MPs one of whom in October 2015 controversially used his acting presidential powers to pardon himself and the ten other then MPs of bribery convictions.

The appeal court judgement however also said it was now up to the public prosecutor to consider whether to lay the charges again for a retrial, since the ruling does not declare them innocent.

The Vanuatu Daily Post's media director Dan McGarry spoke with Koroi Hawkins about the judgement.

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Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins