Court awaits Romanian’s plea

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 27 July 2017, 12:00AM

The Attorney General’s office has yet to finalise the criminal charges against the 33 year old Romanian, alleged to have stolen money from an A.T.M. of a local bank.

 Catalin Razvan Veverita is now represented by Leiataualesa Komisi Koria.

Initially he was represented by Leota Tima Leavai, however the changeover was approved yesterday by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii.

The lawyer Vaisala Afoa is the prosecutor 

“Mr. Catalin this matter is further adjourned to next week Tuesday without you giving the court your plea,” Judge Alalatoa told the accused.

“The adjournment is for your lawyer to obtain the charges from the prosecution and for you to enter a plea.”

Last month the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, told the media that that these types of incidents are growing in the Pacific.

“I want to advise all the customers out there in the banking industry, to please check your bank accounts to make sure that there’s no illegal or unauthorized A.T.M. money taken out,” he said.

“Check your A.T.M. cards and A.T.M. transactions to ensure that those A.T.M. transactions are yours.”

“If they are not yours, then please report the matter to your bank and also bring it to the attention of law enforcement so we can stop this transnational crime.”

“It’s not just happening in Samoa, but all over the region. 

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 27 July 2017, 12:00AM

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