Fraud accused Vanuatu official in court

Last updated 15:43 16/05/2012

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A senior Vanuatuan official has appeared briefly in court over fraud allegations.

Clarence Marae was arrested late last month while passing through Sydney airport with the nation's prime minister, Sato Kilman, en route to Israel.

He has been charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the commonwealth.

Marae appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

No details of the allegations were read out.

Marae made no application for bail and will remain in custody until the matter is mentioned again later this month.

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