18 Aug 2006

Samoa's Mulitalo wants criminal charges laid after election petition defeat

3:40 pm on 18 August 2006

The Samoan telecommunications minister who lost his seat in an election petition, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, has filed a formal complaint calling for criminal charges to be laid against the leader of the Samoa party, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, who brought the petition.

Mulitalo, who was the MP for Fa'asalele'aga number four constituency, lost his seat after the Supreme court found him guilty of bribery.

This stemmed from the traditional presentations or o'o held outside of his constituency in November last year.

Mulitalo says the defeat in the election petition ruling is far from over and his lawyers have filed legal action against Su'a.

"I'm no longer a public figure, so I am taking criminal charges of b ribery and treating, during the general election, and distribution of money and distribution of cheques."

Mulitalo Siafausa Vui.