23 Jun 2017

Vanuatu conspiracy case deferred until December

4:28 pm on 23 June 2017
Ousted Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Ousted Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman Photo: RNZI / Kim Baker-Wilson

The conspiracy case against Vanuatu's Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman and former acting Police Commissioner Aru Maralau has been moved to December.

According to the Daily Post, the defence counsel Edward Nalyal said the case was supposed to be heard last week but then through conference, the trial was moved.

The case is related to a decision by Mr Natuman during his term as the Prime Minister in an alleged attempt at sorting out an existing rift affecting the Vanuatu Police Force.

In 2015, there was an investigation launched within the force and Mr Natuman, who was the minister responsible for the police, wrote a letter calling on all investigators to cease the mutiny probe of a former Commissioner Joshua Bong and other officers.

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