Petitioner faces counter bribery allegations

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FORMER H.R.P.P. M.P.: Ale Vena Ale.

FORMER H.R.P.P. M.P.: Ale Vena Ale.

The Associate Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, is counter suing the man who has filed a petition against him.

The petition was filed by Ale Vena Ale, a former ruling H.R.P.P M.P who ran for the Faleata west constituency.

The case will be heard next Thursday.

But the Associate Minister, according to Radio New Zealand International, is counter suing Ale on three counts of bribery and treating.

Lealailepule said a strike out motion application will be heard first and if won that could be the end of the petition on allegations of corrupt practices against him.

However, if the strike out motion is not successful the hearing will go ahead.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has urged the unsuccessful candidates of his ruling party who have cases against fellow party MPs to reconsider their legal action.

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