Former Electoral boss proceeds to quash charges

The former Electoral Commissioner, Papali’i Malietau Malietoa has proceeded with an application to quash charges of alleged forgery against him. 

Papali’i who is represented by Unasa Iuni Sapolu confirmed the decision the Supreme Court earlier this month. 

 This follows a request from the defence for disclosure from the prosecution relating to charges against Papali’i.
 Unasa had then sought time to consider whether she will proceed with her application to dismiss charges against her client or not.

The former Commissioner is facing 12 charges of altering a document, forgery, obtaining by deception and using altered documents. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. 

The defence and prosecution have been ordered to file submissions in response to the application to quash charges on 28 October. 

The charges against Papalii stemmed from the time he was heading the Electoral Office in 2014. 

He was later sacked in 2015 by Cabinet following a recommendation from the Public Service Commission.

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