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Jailed former Vanuatu Member of Parliament Paul Telukluk has been pardoned on medical grounds.
In exercise of the powers conferred on him by Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu, President Obed Moses Tallis made the order to pardon Telukluk’s sentence on Wednesday, 03 July 2019.
The order was published in the Official Gazette Thursday.
Telukluk’s health has been deteriorating for some time and while he is the only former convicted MP pardoned in this case, he is not the only one who has health problems.
In handing down their sentences in Criminal Case no.73 on October 22, 2015, Supreme Court Judge Justice Mary Sey noted that six out of the 14 former MPs, Telukluk, Serge Vohor, Anthony Wright, Jonas James, Steven Kalsakau and Silas Yatan - have medical ailments.
At the time of sentencing, Telukluk was 70 years of age and Justice Sey noted the health issues in his counsel’s submissions and the pre-sentence report, in particular, that as an elderly person, Telukluk has been diagnosed with diabetes and a heart problem for which he receives regular checkups in Sydney, Australia.
No other pardons have been granted to any other of the 14 convicted politicians, except Telukluk.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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