Former Cabinet Minster back in District Court

Former Cabinet Minister, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, returned to the District Court this morning.

La’aulialemalietoa, his wife Heather, and business associates, Apulu Lance Polu, Martin Schwalger and Tuitui Aipulupo appeared before District Court Judge Fepulea’i Roma Ameperosa. 

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The Court heard that the Attorney General's Office has finalised the charges against them. They face a total of 233 criminal charges, the Court was told.

The charges are in relation to an on-going dispute over a nonu company involving another senior member of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party and Associate Minister of Cabinet and Prime Minister, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga. 

All five defendants are represented by an overseas lawyer, Luafutu Andre Volentras. 

The criminal charge involve forgery, theft, obtaining money by deception and obtaining a forged document. More details soon.

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