Fourteen Vanuatu government MPs including the deputy Prime Minister Moana Carcasses are going to jail for for their role in giving and receiving corrupt payments last year.
Twelve days ago, 14 MPs, including Carcasses and Vanuatu’s speaker Marcellino Pipite, were found guilty of giving and receiving corrupt payments.
Pipite pardoned himself and the other MPs while he was acting president, but that move was overturned by the president, Baldwin Lonsdale, and ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Justice Mary Sey sentenced the men in the Supreme Court in Port Vila today, to a packed court room.
Carcasses received the longest sentence of four years to be served immediately.
Pipite and a former prime minister Serge Vohor have been sentenced to three years in jail.
The Minister of Finance Willie Jimmy, who was the only member of the group to have pleaded guilty to the charges, received a 20 months jail term suspended for two years.
The defence earlier requested the sentences be suspended.
Most of the other MPs received three year jail terms with the judge taking into account their age and cases of illness.
Source Radio NZ 21 OCT 2015