20 Aug 2015

Bribery case stops Vanuatu minister from attending Forum

10:38 am on 20 August 2015

A Vanuatu Supreme Court judge has order the country's foreign minister, Serge Vohor, not to attend next month's Pacific Islands Forum meeting.

Mr Vohor is facing criminal charges before the court in a bribery case against 18 government MPs.

VBTC reports that Justice Mery Sey has ordered the defendants to not travel abroad before the court reconvenes in September, which means Mr Vohor will miss the Forum meeting in Papua New Guinea.

Last year, the MPs were alleged to have received approximately US$10,000 dollars each in loans from the then opposition leader, Moana Carcasses, who is now the Deputy Prime Minister.

They were suspended from Parliament but successfully challenged that, claiming their suspensions were unconstitutional.

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