Former Minister pleads guilty to bribery charges

Former Cabinet Minister – Seuala Taua Kitiona

By Aiga Tofilau

APIA: Monday 02 July 2012: The former Minister of Agriculture, Seuala Taua Kitiona has pleaded guilty to three charges of bribery and will be sentenced 23 August 2012.

Seuala was originally charged with nine counts of bribery after the general elections of 2011. Court documents stated that from the 1st to the 25th December 2010, Seuala gave a box of chicken to Iona Anau and asked Anau to vote for him.

He later gave Anau $50 for the same purpose. In February 2011, Seuala gave $200 to 16 people of Vailoa, Aleipata with the same request to vote for him. The other six charges of bribery were withdrawn and dismissed today also reported to have occurred in the months of February to March 2010.

Seuala is a three time Member of Parliament for the electoral constituency of Aleipata Itupa i Luga. He won last years general elections but lost after an electoral petition against him brought by the late Fuataga Kasimani Lautusi was proven. The proven charges make him ineligible to be a candidate in the next general elections in 2016.

Te’o Richard Fa’aiuaso is representing the defendant.

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