Probation Office moves to revoke Alatise Vitale's parole

Alatise Leafa Vitale, the man who has already served 11 years for assassinating former Cabinet Minister, the late Luagalau Levaula Kamu could have his parole cancelled.

He could be thrown back in jail to serve the remainder of his life imprisonment sentence. This follows the decision by the Probation Office to file a parole recall application against Vitale. 

In the District Court on Wednesday, Vitale's lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, confirmed she had received the application.

She asked the Court if the bail application for Vitale could be set aside while she responds to the parole recall application from the Probation Office. 

District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i granted the request from Unasa. 

She adjourned the matter until 11th June 2019 for the defense lawyer to file a response to the parole recall application.

In the meantime, Vitale is remanded in custody. 

Vitale was arrested earlier this month after breaching a parole condition for allegedly associating with ex-convicts. 

According to the Prisons Parole Board Act 1977, section 14, Recall of offender released on parole, the Board may at any time while an offender released by the Board is on parole direct that the offender be recalled. 

“On the giving of the direction, the parole is taken to be cancelled, and the offender may be arrested without warrant by any constable, and shall continue to serve his or her sentence unless he or she is again released on the recommendation of the Board under this Part or under any remission of part of his or her sentence as the case may be,” states the Act. 

Three weeks ago, Vitale was arrested in Savai’i and has been detained since. 

After serving 11 years for the death of Luagalau in 1999, Vitale was granted bail in October 2010. 

It has been almost 9 years since he was released on parole. 

He was initially sentenced to death but was later pardoned by the Head of State and had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. 

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