Corruption Charges Against Samoa’s Minister Of Police Withdrawn

Senior title holders from community persuade unsuccessful election candidate to drop accusations

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, July 11, 2016) – All 17 corrupt charges filed against the Minister of Police Salā Lisati Pinati were withdrawn at the District Court this morning.

The charges were filed by unsuccessful candidate in the March general election, Salā Iose McCarthy, alleging corrupt practices by the Minister before and during the general elections.

The Minister pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

At Court today, the complainant Salā Iose turned up ready to start proceedings, however, he was met by a delegation of senior title holders of the district who asked the complainant to consider the district and also the position now held by Salā Pinati as a cabinet minister.

The complainant stood his ground and insisted that justice must be done; however, he finally succumbed to the districts’ wish, and later withdrew the case.

Salā Pinati’s case was the last matter that arose from the general elections.

He is now serving his third term as a Member of Parliament for the electoral constituency of Gaga’emauga No.1. and is serving his second term as the Minister for Police.

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