1 Sep 2020

Former Vanuatu PM to enter plea

9:51 am on 1 September 2020

Vanuatu's former prime minister Charlot Salwai is to appear in the Supreme Court today to enter a plea in relation to charges of bribery and perjury against him.

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai in New Zealand

Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai in New Zealand Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Johnny Blades

As well as the Pentecost MP, three other former members of his government are also facing bribery charges.

These are the MP for Luganville and former minister of agriculture, Matai Seremaiah, former minister of health, Jerome Ludvaune, and former MP for Tafea Outer Islands, Tom Korr.

If the four accused plead not guilty the court is expected to set a date for trial.

The charges stem from complaints filed by the former leader of the opposition and now Deputy Prime Minister, Ishmael Kalsakau.

Kalsakau claimed that in November 2016, the defendants bribed MPs to sign an ultimately failed motion of no confidence.