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Former Electoral Commissioner has not been served with charges

The charges against the former Electoral Commissioner, Papali’i Malietau Malietoa, have been finalised but he has not been served. 

That was revealed in the Supreme Court on Monday when Papali’i appeared for the second time in relation to charges against him. 

He was represented by lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu. Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Su’a, was the prosecutor. 

Papali’i faces 12 forgery-related charges in relation to matters when he was the Commissioner of the Electoral Office in 2014.

Magele said the charges against Papali’i have been finalised but he has not been served. 

Unasa asked the Court for an adjournment to allow time for her client to go through the charges before he enters a plea. 

Acting Chief Justice, His Honour Vui Clarence Nelson granted a week long adjournment.

Papali’i is remanded on bail. 

The charges against him come four years after he was sacked.


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