The Head of State has pardoned the sentence of nine former Members of Parliament and four other inmates effective on July 9.

The former MPs pardoned are James Jonas, Marcellino Pipite, Tony Nari, Thomas Laken, Arnold Prasad, John Amos, Jean-Yves Chabod, Pascal Iauko and Silas Yatan.

The others that were also pardoned include Kuvu Noel, Alex Vuti, Leisong John and John James Viraleo.

Initially, the President had signed for 14 inmates to be released but later revoked the first order and removed the name of one female inmate.

This means that all former members of parliament were initially imprisoned for bribery and later breach of Leadership Code are now free.

Their release from the Correctional Centre is effective on the eve of Vanuatu celebrating its 40 years of Independence.

While the sentence of the inmates has been pardoned, there was no mention of the conviction of each MPs on the instrument of pardon.

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