For­mer Van­u­atu PM con­fi­dent of beat­ing cor­rup­tion charges

Fiji Sun - - AUST/NZ/PACIFIC NEWS - Chalot Sal­wai.

Port Vila: The lawyer for for­mer Van­u­atu Prime Min­is­ter Char­lot Sal­wai says his client is con­fi­dent of win­ning a cor­rup­tion trial in the Supreme Court. The court on Wed­nes­day com­mit­ted Sal­wai, two for­mer min­is­ters and a for­mer MP to stand trial next month.

Daniel Yawah said Wed­nes­day’s de­ci­sion was not a sur­prise.

All were fac­ing cor­rup­tion and bribery charges while Sal­wai had also been charged with per­jury.

The charges stem from a com­plaint by for­mer Op­po­si­tion leader and now deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Ish­mael Kal­sakau.

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

But Mr Yawah was con­fi­dent they would beat the charges.

“Our case in the Supreme Court will be very strong be­cause the pros­e­cu­tion has to es­tab­lish that there is a cor­rupt el­e­ment and so with­out say­ing much we will wait for the Supreme Court to come and we will have our day in court.” Mr Yawah said the men sim­ply used “par­lia­men­tary democ­racy” and op­er­ated within the law.

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