20 Jan 2007

Former Samoa convict appeals for better treatment of two jailed MPs

9:07 am on 20 January 2007

A former prisoner in Samoa has claimed it is an injustice not to allow two former government ministers serving life sentences, on week-end parole.

The former ministers, Leafa Vitale and Toi Aukuso Cain have so far served sevens years in jail after they were found guilty of plotting the murder of former minister of works, Luagalau Leva'ula Kamu.

The former inmate has told the Samoa Observer Newspaper that prisoners serving terms of life imprisonment are normally granted week-end parole five years into their sentences.

He says Toi and Le'afa are locked away in separate cells and very lonely.