13 Nov 2006

Samoa former MP defends daughter from bribery allegations

7:02 am on 13 November 2006

A former Samoa ruling HRPP party MP is strongly defending allegations of bribery and treating levelled against his daughter in an election petition case before the Supreme Court.

Pa'u Sefo Pa'u, who was found guilty in September of bribery and treating, testified that his daughter and MP, Letoa Rita Pa'u Chang, MP for Fa'asalele'aga number two constituency, did not contribute to the money he gave to several voters before the by-election two months ago.

He has also defended his daughter from carrying out any corrupt practices before the by-election.

The petitioner, Papali'i Samuelu Petaia, has accused Pa'u of helping his daughter with her campaign.

Papali'i alleges Pa'u was with this daughter when 1500 US Dollars was given to Papali'i's village during a meeting.

Papali'i says the money was intented to influence voters.

Pa'u admitted in court he gave money to the village of Sapapali'i.

But he says it was a gift to show his appreciation for the petitioner's village support during the general election in March.