Police chief suspended

PORT VILA – Vanuatu’s police commissioner, Arthur Caulton has confirmed his suspension from the role by the Police Service Commission.

Mr Caulton says the suspension involves allegations around the efforts to arrest the former commissioner, Joshua Bong, two years ago.

Mr Bong and other officers had been sought over allegations of mutiny, inciting mutiny, kidnapping, unlawful arrest and unlawful imprisonment.

The arresting officers had been directed by Mr Caulton, who was then the acting commissioner. Mr Bong had earlier staged a similar attempt to arrest Mr Caulton on a mutiny charge.