French ambassador to Vanuatu (pictured), accused of sexual assault, was removed from office. A woman had reproached him for caressing her buttocks several times on February 11 at an Economic Summit.
The French government has terminated the duties of the ambassador to Vanuatu, which is the subject of a complaint for sexual assault, according to a decree published in the official journal.
“The functions of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Republic of Vanuatu, exercised by Mr. Robby Judes has been terminated“, reads the text of March 20, published in the Official Journal.
The ambassador was summoned in February to the Foreign Ministry in Paris, to be heard by his supervisory authorities on the complaint lodged against him in Noumea, New Caledonia, on 14 February.
The complainant, a company boss, said in her complaint that the ambassador had stroked her buttocks several times and asked for her contact information.
Robby Judes has been an ambassador to Vanuatu since November 2018. He held the same position in Comoros (2014-2017) after serving as a diplomatic advisor to Overseas Minister Victorin Lurel (2012-2014).
The European Union and the Republic of Vanuatu held their fourth Political Dialogue in Brussels this week. The meeting was chaired on Vanuatu’s side by the Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai Tabismasmas and on the EU side by the European External Action Service’s Asia Pacific Managing Director, Gunnar Wiegand.
During his visit, the Prime Minister also met President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Neven Mimica on climate change and development matters respectively.
The Political Dialogue meeting provided an opportunity for both sides to review cooperation between the EU and Vanuatu over the last years and to agree on future perspectives for EU-ACP relations after 2020, recognising the need to replace the current Cotonou Agreement with an ambitious successor that would guide relations between the EU and the Pacific over the coming decade.
“Vanuaty island chain off the eastern coast of Australia is well-known to many of the world’s monied elite as an offshore banking jurisdiction since its 1971 offshore legislation”, – explains Andrew Henderson, an expert in finance and taxation.
“While it’s still a tiny player in the offshore market, Vanuatu is among the most secretive. Vanuatu offers no personal or corporate income taxes, no estate or capital gains taxes, no exchange controls, and no reporting requirements”.