SAMOAN MINISTER’S WIDOW RELIEVED AT GUILTY VERDICT

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SAMOAN MINISTER’S WIDOW RELIEVED AT GUILTY VERDICT

By Lave Tuiletufuga

APIA, Samoa (April 18, 2000 - Samoa News)---The widow of the late Public Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu said she is pleased with the guilty verdict given last week to the two former cabinet ministers who plotted her husband’s assassination.

In a press statement, Member of Parliament and solicitor, Maiava Visekota Peteru Kamu, expressed "a great sense of relief that it was all over."

"Our children, families and I feel a great sense of relief that the trial has come to its final resolution," Maiava wrote.

The Supreme Court had ruled that former Women Affairs Minister Leafa Vitale and former Telecommunications Minister Toi Aukuso Cain were guilty of murder in the killing last year of Kamu.

"It has not been easy hearing the evidence and having the whole incident brought to life again before our eyes," Maiava said.

She said her three older boys, who are attending school in New Zealand, were sheltered from the ordeal.

Maiava said she hopes that "this will bring to a close this sad chapter in our lives."

She said the trial of Leafa and Toi "has also been a trial for us all, our children, our families and no doubt this nation."

"One of Leva's favorite sayings was, 'Beyond despair, there is hope,’" she added. "No matter what, he would say there is always a light at the end of the tunnel."

Maiava's sentiments were echoed by Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, who felt the tragic incident and the aftermath should serve notice to all who aspire to be leaders of the country.

Tuilaepa warned that personal interest should not be mixed with the duties of an elected leader of the countr

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