The Magistrates Court has issued an open warrant of arrest for Kalo Seule, a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Port Vila Constituency, yesterday.
MP Seule has been implicated in Value Added Tax (VAT) related charges and was scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court yesterday morning for his sentencing, but he failed to turn up in court.
Principal State Prosecutor, Simcha Blessing, said the consequences of the defendant’s failure to turn up may mean that his bail conditions may be forfeited and he could be remanded in custody until the next hearing date for the court to impose his sentence. The next hearing date is scheduled for October 29 at 9am.
As Manager of Parts Plus South Pacific, Seule failed and refused to return taxes to the Government since December 2010, breaching Section 51 (1)(b) of the VAT Act. On September 6, he was convicted on 64 counts altogether and owed the state an amount exceeding Vt35, 950, 504.
MP Seule is amongst the first four businessmen who were charged by the Prosecution for failing to furnish any return or information to the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue (DCIR).
The four businessmen owed the government more than Vt174 million in unpaid taxes.