The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Papalii John Taimalelagi
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 03 APRIL 2018: Of the 42 applications before the Parole Board last week, 21 prisoners have been granted parole. 18 are male and 3 female.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Papali’i John Taimalelagi said that of the 21 successful applicants, one changed his mind and decided to serve out his full penalty so that when he comes out of prison, he is no longer obligated under the Parole Board.
The crimes that the prisoners have been serving included rape, sexual connection, carnal knowledge, assault, manslaughter, causing serious injuries, possession of narcotics, robbery, theft as a servants and attempted murder.
Papali’i explained that notorious prisoner Tagaloasa Filipaina Brown did apply for parole, but his name was removed from the list as he is under investigation over a recent incident and his application is deferred to the next parole session in June.
The parole Board sits three times a year and is chaired by the Chief Justice, and members include the Attorney General, Police Commissioner, Tafaigata Prison Commissioner, MJCA CEO of the Ministry of Justice, Papalii Dr. Samuelu Petaia and two community members.