24 Aug 2006

Former Samoa minister decides not to proceed with lawsuit

9:59 am on 24 August 2006

Samoa's former Minister of Broadcasting and Telecommunications has decided not to proceed with a lawsuit against the attorney general's office.

The former minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, had earlier said he intended to file legal action because of what he described as the attorney-general's negligence in handling his case.

Mulitalo's move came after a court ruling last week had declared void his parliamentary seat when he was found guilty of bribery in an election petition lodged by the Samoa Party leader, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong.

Meanwhile the former minister's criminal charges against Su'a are being referred to the Supreme Court.

The Samoa Party leader faces two charges of bribery and one of treating.

The case will be heard before chief Judge, Patu Falefatu Sapolu.