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The criminal case involving Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament, Simeon Seule has been adjourned.
Sources connected to the case revealed the new Speaker is facing one count of intentional assault, contrary to section 107 of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135] and an additional charge of malicious damage to property, against section 133 of the Penal Code.
The case was reportedly heard this week in chambers.
Counsel representing the Speaker, Andrew Bal asked for an adjournment, saying he needs time to consult with his client before the plea.
The defendant was also seen at the Magistrate’s Court premises with others who were summoned to appear in court, while his lawyer attended the hearing.
Seule is set to stand trial for plea before Senior Magistrate Peter Moses on 03 October.
While detailed information on the case is still vague at this stage, sources said the prosecution is ready to prosecute the Speaker on the two charges.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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