Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Custodial sentences for 14 MPsPosted: October 22, 2015
Some 14 MPs of the Vanuatu Government, a number of them of Cabinet status, learned today that bribery is indeed a crime in Vanuatu as they were carted off to begin their custodial sentences. The longest term will be served by Deputy Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil (4 years with immediate effect) facing the greatest number of charges. Justice Sey ordered 3 years and 6 months for Public Works Minister Tony Nari. The remainder of those convicted of bribery were ordered to receive custodial terms of 3 years. Minister Willie Jimmy will not serve a prison sentence. Justice Mary Sey clearly explained to each of the convicted the basis on which their term was calculated. All were accused of breaching the high level of trust they had been granted. Justice Sey made it clear that the punishment must be seen by everyone as fitting to the crime when such high office as that held by a Member of Parliament is demeaned. More news will be given tomorrow to help Ni-Vanuatu overseas learn the extent and thorough nature of the sentencing, as well as the names of all the convicted.
Seemingly not related to the above, gunshots were heard at 11.30 last night in the Tassiriki area near the Erakor Bridge. Witnesses suggest the shots and expatriate yells of an abusive kind seemed to be more related to an attempted break-in or robbery.