Parole Board to decide on Alatise Vitale's parole

The hearing into a breach of parole condition for a man, who has already served 11 years of his life imprisonment sentence, will be done after the Parole Board meet in late June. 

Alatise Leafa Vitale was jailed for more than a decade for assassinating former Cabinet Minister, the late Luagalau Levaula Kamu in 1999. 

Represented by lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, Vitale appeared before the District Court on Tuesday. 

Judge Leota Raymond Schuster presided. 

Unasa told the Court that the matter has been called to set a hearing date for the breach of condition charge against Alatise. 

She said the Parole Board will meet on 26th June 2019 in relation to the recall application from the Probation Office. 

Furthermore, she added the application for bail for Vitale has also been set aside. 

Judge Leota then adjourned the matter for Vitale’s breach of parole hearing on the 14 August 2019.

 In the meantime, Vitale is remanded in custody. 

Last month, the parole office moved to revoke the parole for the defendant. If accepted, it means that Vitale could be sent back to prison to serve the remaining of his life imprisonment sentence.

He was arrested in early May after breaching a parole condition for alleged association 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. 

Vitale was arrested in Savai’i around May 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 nine 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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