27 May 2013

Vanuatu opposition accuses PM of involvement in passport scams

7:41 am on 27 May 2013

Vanuatu's opposition MP Ham Lini has asked the Prime Minister Moana Carcasses to resign for allegedly involving himself in a scheme to sell Vanuatu passports overseas.

He has vowed to investigate the matter and signaled that if Carcasses' involvement is confirmed the prime minister could be stripped of his citizenship and evicted from the country.

But speaking at Bauerfield Airport yesterday afternoon on arrival back from his official visit to Thailand, the Prime Minister said the passport documents in question were fake and that the documents had been around since 2002 when he first went into Parliament.

The opposition says it has what it considers irrefutable proof that Mr Carcasses is implicated in the passport sales scandal and says it has confirmation of a website from China which offers Vanuatu passports for sale with citizenship certificates.