6 Dec 2007

Police in Samoa charge Digicel Mobile Phone Company

11:22 am on 6 December 2007

The police in Samoa have filed criminal charges against the Digicel mobile phone company in breach of the Gaming Act relating to the company's text competition.

The Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has confirmed that the case against the Digicel Samoa limited will be heard in the District court next week.

This comes after the mobile phone company has recently completed a text competition where two brand new cars will be awarded to two winners in celebration of Digicel's one year of operation in the country.

The text Getz competition has cost each Digicel customer 50 US cents or $1 Samoan tala, and the more they do it the more chance for customers to win several cash prizes including the draw for the new vehicles.

The draw is expected to take place in front of the government complex in Apia tomorrow.

The assistant police commissioner and spokesman, Papalii Li'o, says the investigation was carried out in the last two weeks upon the request of the Attorney General's office.