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Former Soccer President, Rev. Laupama, charged

The former President of Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.), Reverend Laupama Solomona, has been charged in connection to an ongoing Police investigation into allegations against the previous management of the Federation.

Rev. Laupama faces one charge of theft as a servant.

The charge was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

Rev. Laupama was at the Police station on Wednesday but has since been remanded on bail with certain conditions.

“He signs with the Criminal Investigation Division every Wednesday and he has been asked to surrender his travel documents,” the Commissioner.

Fuiava would not elaborate on the details of their investigation.

Rev. Laupama is scheduled to appear in Court on 10 June 2019.

Attempts to get a comment from the former President of Football Federation Samoa were unsuccessful as of press time.

But Rev. Laupama is the second official to be charged by the Police in relation to an investigation they launched into the affairs of the Federation under its previous management.

The former C.E.O., Faumuina Michael Kapisi, was the first to be charged. He too is facing a charge of theft as a servant.

At the beginning of the month, the Police launched an investigation into the acquisition and use of assets – including vehicles by the former President.

“The Ministry of Police confirms that it is currently investigating the matter and the investigation is yet to be completed,” a Police statement at the time said.

“It is anticipated that the matter will be referred to the Attorney General’s office for their legal opinion.”

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