Sunday, May 29, 2011

[pima.nius] Vanuatu minister charged over publisher assault

11:42 AM |

via PFF


via Vanuatu Daily Post frontpage -- today.


Iauko charged over assault

By Staff Reporter

Minister of Public Utilties and Infrastructure Harry Iauko has been
charged over the assault of Daily Post Publisher Marc Neil-Jones.

But he is yet to appear in court after the magistrate court postponed
their plea last Friday as the Speaker of Parliament summoned the 3rd
extraordinary sitting of 2011 to confirm if Prime Minister Sato Kilman
commands the numbers to lead the coalition government.

The Daily Post can confirm that the following four charges have been
leveled against minister Iauko, along with eight of his associates who
accompanied him into the Daily Post office and premises on March 4,
2011.

(I) Unlawful assembly.

(II) Unlawful entry (section 143 (I) of the Penal Code.

(III)Intentional assault and;

(IV) Threatening gestures under the Penal Code Act [CAP 135].

Nevertheless the Prosecution office also revealed that it is "highly
likely" there will be amendments to the charges.

The case, scheduled to be heard last Friday has been deferred to June 10, 2011.

At this stage no charges have been laid under the Leadership Code Act.

The Leadership Code Act (CAP 240) 13 (1) on Duties of Leaders calls
for national leaders to comply and observe the law, comply with and
observe the fundamental principles of leadership contained in Article
66 of the Constitution, comply with and observe the duties,
obligations and responsibilities established by this Code or any other
enactment that affects the leader; and not influence or attempt to
influence or exert pressure on or threaten or abuse persons carrying
out their lawful duty.

It states that a leader acting in his or her capacity as a leader who
fails to abide by an enactment that imposes on the leader a duty,
obligation, or responsibility is in breach of this Code.

But this could only come into play if the Court proves the allegations
against the leaders true. -- ENDS\


Lisa Williams-Lahari
Media Freelancer
Regional Coordinator, IFJ Pacific Media for Democracy and Human Rights
Project
Ph Mobile: 677-7574230
Skype: lisalahari

* "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter."-- Martin Luther King Jr.  *

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