Joe Natuman

Vanuatu's Speaker makes peace with ousted politician

This followed Natuman's conviction for perverting the course of justice, for which he was given a two-year suspended sentence.

The custom reconciliation ceremony, involving an exchange of mats and drinking kava together, was witnessed by Natuman's successor as Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman as well as other senior party leaders.

The Daily Post newspaper reported Mr Sae saying it was not an easy decision for him to make to maintain the solidarity of the government while at the same time making sure that he followed the law in his position as speaker.

Vanuatu's Natuman not ready to end political career

The Court of Appeal last week upheld a decision by the Speaker of Parliament to declare the Tanna MP's seat vacant.

This followed Mr Natuman's conviction for perverting the course of justice, for which he was given a two-year suspended sentence.

A by-election is expected to be held on Tanna within the next two months, with a date to soon be announced by the Electoral Commissiner.

Mr Natuman, who was deputy prime minister before his ejection from parliament, said his Vanua'aku Pati planned to contest the by-election.

Vanuatu's Natuman loses appeal; seat declared vacant

The decision means Joe Natuman was no longer an MP and a by-election will be held on the island of Tanna.

Natuman had appealed against the decision by the Speaker, Esmon Saimon, to declare his seat vacant.

Mr Saimon's decision followed Natuman's conviction for perverting the course of justice, for which he was given a two-year suspended sentence.

But the court has decided that a suspended sentence is still a prison sentence, so under the constitution, Natuman's seat had to be declared vacant.

Vanuatu's Natuman to appeal seat being made vacant

Vanuatu's Natuman to appeal seat being made vacant

Mr Natuman was convicted on two counts of perverting the course of justice and given a two-year suspended sentence.

The Daily Post newspaper said based on this ruling the speaker declared Mr Natuman's Tanna electorate seat vacant.

Mr. Natuman's appeal is among 26 appeal cases, to be heard from next week.

Another includes former members of parliament jailed for conspiring to defeat the course of justice.


Former Vanuatu deputy PM to appeal ejection from parliament

Joe Natuman resigned last week after the Speaker of Parliament barred him from entering the chamber and declared his seat vacant.

The speaker's decision followed Mr Natuman being given a two-year suspended sentence in March, after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Yesterday, the magistrate's court rejected Mr Natuman's bid for a judicial review challenging his removal from parliament.

Outside the court, Mr Natuman said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.

New political bloc calls for Vanuatu deputy PM to be sacked

Mr Natuman is on a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The charge was in relation to a bitter dispute that engulfed the police force in 2014.

Mr Natuman, as then-prime minister, ordered the then-commissioner, Aru Maralau, to stop a police team from investigating other high-ranking officers accused of mutiny.

Case to answer for Natuman in conspiracy trial

Joe Natuman and the former police commissioner, Aru Maralau, are on trial in the Supreme Court, accused of trying to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Natuman is accused of trying to stop a police team from investigating high-ranking officers, including Mr Maralau, when he was prime minister in 2014.

But their lawyer, Nigel Morrison, sought to have the case dismissed, arguing that the prosecution did not establish that there was any criminal intent to interfere.

Vanuatu opposition leader accuses speaker of bias

Yesterday, Ishamel Kalsakau moved the motion in an attempt to remove Joe Natuman from attending any session ahead of a court case next month.

Mr Natuman faces trial for conspiracy relating to a 2015 decision to call on police investigators to cease a mutiny probe into a former police commissioner.

Mr Kalsakau said he spoke to the speaker, Esmon Simon, about the motion on Wednesday, but it was rejected in parliament yesterday.

First Chinese cruise tourists expected in Vanuatu in January

The deputy prime minister and tourism minister Joe Natuman is visiting China and told his hosts cruise tourism is the biggest development industry in the South Pacific.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports Mr Natuman said Vanuatu is gearing up to benefit from the industry with the completion next year of the Lapetasi international wharf in Port Vila.

Conspiracy case against Natuman, Maralau set for 31 Oct

The new date was set during a pre-trial hearing this morning.

Prosecution says over 20 witnesses will testify against the duo while the defense counsel saw it unnecessary to have too many witnesses. They affirm their confidence by saying they needed only three days for the trial. 

In this case, the burden of the prosecution is to attempt to provide all necessary evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Natuman did conspire to defeat the course of justice when he instructed Mr Maralau through a letter to suspend investigations into the police munity case.