Robert Herd reportedly back in the country

Robert Herd reportedly returned

to the country last weekend

By Jonas Cullwick

Robert Herd, the man allegedly deported by the Government of former Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, for alleged involvement in local politics is reported to be back in the country.

Reliable sources have confirmed that Herd arrived in the country last Saturday.

Robert Herd of Herdlaw Solicitors and an Australian investor with an interest in Breakers Resort at Pango, outside of Port Vila left Vanuatu Wednesday evening, September 4, 2014 after being deported under the country’s Immigration Act for alleged interference in local politics.

The Daily Post understood at that time that Herd was apprehended and deported in an operation under Vanuatu’s Immigration Act after reports the Government had strong evidence that indicated his alleged involvement in local politics.

The allegation at that time was that he was involved in the funding of an attempted vote of no confidence against the former prime minister, Joe Natuman.

The deportation was also deemed to be a warning to investors here in the country to do business not to get involved in local politics as it is prohibited under Vanuatu law.

A government source at that time lamented that instability and difficulty for government to govern often were exacerbated when foreigners involve themselves in local politics.

It is obvious that the change in government two weeks ago has allowed Robert Herd to re-enter the country and at a time when 19 MPs now in government are appearing in court facing criminal charges for allegedly receiving bribery nine months

ago. Mr Herd reportedly threatened to sue the Government following his alleged deportation.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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