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APIA, Samoa (February 16, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The man convicted of the assassination of Samoa Minister of Public Works Luagalau Levaula Kamu last July says the victim was not a specific target, and he just wanted to kill anybody from the ruling party.

Alatise Vitale told a court session in Apia that his father, former cabinet minister Leafa Vitale, was being mistreated by the government. He said he had been removed from the portfolios of public works, the electric power corporation, the post office and communications, and there were plans to remove him as Minister of Womens Affairs.

He said his father, after slaving to serve his country, was being treated "like a person who was of no use" and no importance.

Alatise Vitale made the comments while giving evidence in the murder trial of his father and former Minister of Communications Toi Aukuso, who are charged with ordering the murder of Luagalau. Both men have said they are innocent of the crime.

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