15 Oct 2007

Head of Samoa's Muslims found guilty of sex with child

12:07 pm on 15 October 2007

The leader of the Islamic faith in Samoa, Mohammed La'ulu Daniel Stanley, has been found guilty of two charges of carnal knowledge.

But a panel of assessors found the 60-year-old defendant not guilty of the other two counts of rape.

The police charged the religious leader after an incident between the defendant and a girl under 12 years old .

Mohammed La'ulu as well is a well-known accountant and auditor who operates his own accounting firm.

The Supreme Court will deliver a sentence later next month.

The maximum penalty for carnal knowledge in Samoa is seven years in jail.