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Vanuatu Public Prosecutor has 29 witnesses who will testify in the upcoming trial of former Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, MP Matai Seremaiah and two former MPs, commencing 23 November..
Some witnesses have provided written statements to the police that will be used against MP Salwai, MP Seremaiah and former MPs Tomker Netvunei and Jerome Ludvaune.
The case stems from an official complaint by then Leader of Opposition, Ishmael Kalsakau against the accused who were MPs in the 11 Legislature, on the 12th of August 2019.
The complainant accused former PM Salwai, former Minister Matai Seremaiah, and former MPs Ludvaune and Netvunei of conducting themselves in a manner that may have breached the Leadership Code Act [CAP240] and the Penal Code [CAP135].
The conduct was the alleged offering of positions within the government ranks by Mr Salwai, with the assistance of Seremaiah to former MPs Ludvaune and Netvunei, in return for the withdrawal of their signatures from a motion of no confidence against Salwai as the PM.
The Supreme Court has listed the trial for the 23rd of this month. It is expected the trial will be around three weeks.
According to minutes of the conference record, counsels were to liaise regarding agreed facts/witnesses and to file a statement of any such agreement by the beginning of November.
The trial will be heard at Dumbea and the sitting days will run from 9am to 5pm.
All witness statements will be translated by the Prosecution team into English for the benefit of other counsels.
The 29 witnesses are: Ishmael Kalsakau, Esmon Saimon, Sato Kilman, Norris Jack Kalmet, Albert William, Joshua Kalsakau, Jay Ngwele, Nako Natuman, Hosea Nevu, Adley Moses, Sumptoh Ulrich, Gilbert Norman, Johnny Koanapo, Gracia Shadrack, Edwin Mackraveth, Elizabeth Shadrack, Francois Batick, Tugu Elton, Bakoa Kaltonga, Royson Willie, Alickson Vira, Samson Samsen, Toara Daniel, Raymond Kalpeau Manuake, Ronald Warsal, Bob Loughman, Jotham Napat, Alfred Maoh and Esther Rory.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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