Passport accused pleads not guilty

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Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine with his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine with his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine, pleaded not guilty yesterday in the Supreme Court to 32 charges including forgery, corruption, bribery, improper issue of Samoan travel documents, unlawful recording of information from passport database, as well as  false representation. 

Uaine appeared before Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu. 

The Prosecutor was Fatumanavaupolu Ofisa Tagaloa,  of the Attorney General’s Office.

The defendent's  not guilty plea,  was entered through his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

“Your Honour, I appear on behalf of the defendant, and the charges taken as read, the plea is not guilty to all 32 charges against him,” said Unasa.

“This may necessarily require a long trial as there are 32 charges against him.”

The hearing is set for 14 May, 2018.

Uaine was arrested last year following a lengthy Police investigation, over claims about Samoan passports being sold online, to places such as South Africa.

He was granted bail but was told to surrender all his travel documents, sign in at the Afega Police Station, and remain at his family home at Tuana’i.

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