Bribery Case Against Vanuatu Opposition Leader In Court

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Carcasses accused of paying MPs to support no-confidence motion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 8, 2015) – An alleged bribery case against Vanuatu's opposition leader, Moana Carcasses, is expected to head the Supreme Court today, before a police investigation has been completed.

Today's hearing follows an official complaint by the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, asking the police to investigate allegations surrounding payments totalling over 300,000 US dollars by Mr Carcasses to 14 opposition MPs.

In November, Mr Carcasses and the 14 accused MPs were suspended from parliament after Mr Natuman complained that they had breached the leadership code.

The Supreme Court later overturned this decision.

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