10 Sep 2014

Vanuatu government defends deportation of expat

1:20 pm on 10 September 2014

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister of Vanuatu says the government is firm in its decision to deport an Australian lawyer Robert Herd, despite his threat to sue for damages.

Mr Herd was deported last week amid allegations he was involved in funding a no confidence motion against the Prime Minister Joe Natuman.

Kiery Manassah says the decision to deport Mr Herd was based on a breach of the Immigration Act.

"As far as the government is concerned it has information there and it's absolutely clear with its decision. And at the end of the day, the government wants to protect its integrity. The national interest is more important than this."

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Kiery Manassah

Under section 53A of the Immigration Act, the Minister may remove any non-citizen who he believes is involved in activities that are detrimental to national security, defence or public order.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman Photo: Supplied