A former prime minister of Vanuatu says 14 members of the previous government should be pardoned and released from prison.
The former MPs were jailed in December after they were found guilty of receiving money to cross the floor of parliament and change the government.
On Thursday, eleven of the men were sentenced to extra jail time in relation to the decision taken by the former speaker, Marcellino Pipite to pardon himself and his colleagues while he was acting president.
That decision was later overturned by the president, Baldwin Lonsdale, who dissolved parliament and called snap elections.
But Barak Sope, who was prime minister from 1999 until 2001, and was later convicted - then pardoned - on charges of forging government bonds, says the former MPs are being made an example of.
He told Jamie Tahana the judiciary has completely ignored ni-Vanuatu custom, and more respect should be shown to leaders and chiefs.