Former Electoral Commissioner pleads not guilty

Former Electoral Commissioner, Papali’i Malietau Malietoa, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges against him. 

Appearing before Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, the former Commissioner entered his plea through his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu. 

Papali’i faces two counts of altering a document, two counts of forgery, four counts of obtaining by deception, two counts of using an altered document and two counts of using a forged document. 

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The Prosecutor is Attorney General’s office lawyer, Lucy Sio Ofoia, being assisted by Quentin Sauaga. 

Justice Leiataualesa adjourned the matter for the 24th November for hearing.

Papali’i is remanded on bail with conditions he has to sign in at the Police station every week.

The charges against the former Commissioner are in connection to the time he was heading the Electoral Office in 2014.

He was sacked in 2015 by Cabinet following a recommendation from the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).

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