4 Apr 2011

Vanuatu court restrains justice minister in NGO row

1:29 pm on 4 April 2011

The Vanuatu Supreme Court has ordered the Minister of Justice, Ralph Regenvanu, to return the keys and cheque books belonging to the office of Vanuatu's National Council of Women.

The Court has also ordered that the Council's administrator, Maryanne Bani, be reinstated.

Mrs Bani filed an application last week after Mr Regenvanu used private security company staff to remove her from the office and placed guards on the premises.

But the Court has ruled that the Council is an NGO with its own constitution and the Minister had no power to take such action.