Ni-Vanuatu man convicted over Phocea citizenship fraud scheme; Ministers Carlot and Pipite to appear before courtPosted: September 9, 2012 | |
Solomon Mangau, 45, received a prison sentence of two years for his part in the citizenship case, Daily Post reports. The ni-Vanuatu pleaded guilty to the charge of wrongfully assisting the two Polynesians associated with the Phocea to obtain their citizenship. Their plea was not guilty and the prosecuting officer abandoned their case before proving wrongful achievement of citizenship. They walked free and are believed to still hold their Vanuatu passports backed by incomplete and fraudulent documentation. Mangau goes to prison.
In a Phocea-related matter reported by Radio Vanuatu and Daily Post, Ministers Alfred Carlot and Marcellino Pipite are amongst the seven suspects who will appear before the Magistrates’ Court on 20 September. The charges faced by defendants are expected to involve the illegal entry to Port Vila of the mega-yacht Phocea, illegal boarding and maritime, customs and immigration offences. Defendants include the vessel’s owner Anh Quan Pascal and its skipper Richard Bob Malaise. Summonses must be issued to the witnesses to ensure their attendance.
The Kalsakau fraud case resumed yesterday. Both Minister Steven Kalsakau and his brother Yoan Kalsakau pleaded not guilty to fraud and the trial is to be held on 9 October. The Prosecution again failed to appear. Counsel for the Kalsakaus, Mr John Less Napuati asked for one of the two charges to be dropped. This was refused by Justice Daniel Fatiaki, who said he had intended to apologise for an intemperate outburst over the failure of the Prosecution to appear the previous day. However, in view of their continuing failure to appear, he withheld his apology, reports Daily Post.
Prime Minister Sato Kilman sees Government and the private sector working together for telecommunications in the undersea cable project linking Vanuatu and Fiji. The cable will come ashore at Taounono near the Vanuatu Beverages factory.
Police are investigating an abandoned baby case at Seaside says Radio Vanuatu News. The infant is being cared for in the maternity section of the hospital.
This weekend’s Daily Post carries a URA clarification of news of 14 July that suggested Unelco would pay 90% of customers’ electricity bills. It won’t. Ministers Moana Carcasses and Steven Kalsakau and the writer of the article have yet to explain how such an impression could have been given to the people of Matantapua who attended a presentation there.
The man from Tanna charged over the death of New Zealand expatriate Hanz Christian, engineer of MV Big Sista, originally pleaded not guilty to intentional assault causing death. The plea was changed to guilty of unintentional harm causing death, The Independent reports. He is to be sentenced on 26 September.