Albert Nalpini

Court orders halt to recruitment of new Vanuatu police commissioner

The review was applied for by the lawyer of the former police commissioner, Albert Nalpini, who was fired in April.

Mr Nalpini's lawyer says the commission's decision to sack his client was biased, and Mr Nalpini has the right to seek legal clarification of his dismissal before a replacement is appointed.

Sacked Vanuatu police boss still to get official letter

Mr Nalpini said he was desperate for it so he can file a judicial review of the decision.

Local media had reported President Moses Tallis Obed made the order to terminate Mr Nalpini on 16 April, on the advice of the Police Service Commission and after consultations with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat.

But Mr Nalpini said he only knew about the sacking through the media - he was yet to see anything official.