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Deputy PM Threatens Security with Firearm

Pacnews / Asia Pulse

8 August 2000

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Vanuatu's Deputy Prime Minister, Stanley Reginald has again brought disrepute to his government when he threatened to shoot a security guard at the Sanma Sports Club. Reginald was previously warned by Prime Minister Barak Sope following an incident early this year, in which the drunken minister smashed the glass door of the Sunset Bar in Port Vila.

A Vanuatu Weekly report said on the evening of July 30, the Deputy Prime Minister was drinking at the Sanma Sports Club in Luganville Town when he threatened a security guard after he refused to permit the Minister to continue to drink after the closure of the bar at 11.30pm.

"He demanded a pistol from his guards to shoot one of our security officer but the guard refused to hand him the firearm," a club spokesman said.

It is alleged that the Minister finally left the bar after saying that he would force the closure of the club as soon as he returned to Port Vila. According to the Sanma Sports Club Management, Reginald started swearing at the Pentecost islander saying he had been searching for him. It was outside the bar that one of the guards actually pointed a pistol at the chief security.

"One of Reginald's guards walked up to chief security and started slapping him on the face and later took out his pistol when our officer was running away from them." The newspaper further alleged the minister and his guard later hunted down the officer at his home but could not find him as he took refuge at the home of the Lord Mayor of Luganville.

Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association News Service

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