1 Oct 2012

Former Samoa MP and his wife found guilty of election bribery

5:27 am on 1 October 2012

In Samoa, former ruling HRPP party MP, Moefaauo Lufilufi and his wife have been found guilty of two charges of bribery after a trial in the district court.

The couple escaped a jail sentence and were instead ordered to pay a fine 1,250 US dollars with the possibility of sending them to jail for three months if they do not pay it by the deadline issued by the court.

Moefaauo and his wife Pereise were charged by the police with bribery following a meeting of voters two days before the polling day in March last year.

The defendants according to the police gave money to several matais who were voters of Anoamaa east constituency.

This is the last case of bribery and treating relating to the results of the 2011 general election.