TWO JAILED SAMOAN CABINET MINISTERS MISTAKENLY RELEASED FROM JAIL

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APIA, Samoa (July 5, 2000 – Radio Australia)---An investigation has been launched in Samoa to determine how two former cabinet ministers found guilty of murder were mistakenly released from jail on weekend leave.

Leafa Vitale and Toi Aukuso were sentenced to death in April for the murder of the country's public works minister, Luagalau Levaula Kamu, in July last year.

Their sentences later were commuted to life imprisonment.

The Pacific News Agency reports that the two men were met by their wives outside the jail and spent some hours together shopping.

The two were eventually picked up by officials and returned to prison on the orders of the police commissioner.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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