Judgment on MPs sets precedent
Port Vila: A Melanesian governance expert says a ruling that 11 former Vanuatu MPs are guilty of conspiring to defeat the course of justice sets a significant precedent. The MPs are currently serving jail terms after last year being found guilty of bribery for receiving money to cross the floor of parliament and change the government. The conspiracy charge arose after the then speaker Marcellino Pipite pardoned himself and his colleagues of the bribery convictions. Australian National University Policy Fellow James Batley said the latest judgement by the Supreme Court reinforces the earlier convictions.