5 Jul 2019

Jailed Vanuatu MP pardoned

1:13 pm on 5 July 2019

Vanuatu's president has pardoned the jailed former MP, Paul Telukluk.

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State House said the pardon was based on compassionate grounds.

Paul Telukluk is one of 14 former MPs who were convicted and jailed in 2015 for bribery and corruption.

He was returned to prison last year when he was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

That charge also stemmed from 2015 when one of the convicted MPs, who was the Speaker of Parliament, conspired as acting president to pardon the group.

This week, President Obed Moses Tallis legitimately pardoned Mr Telukluk, whose health is understood to be deteriorating.

In March, President Tallis said he was considering pardoning all of the MPs who were involved in the 2015 constitutional crisis.

But RNZ Pacific understands nothing is being done on that for the time being.

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