11 May 2007

New allegations against winner of Samoa by-election

7:47 am on 11 May 2007

The winner of last week's parliamentary by-election in Samoa is facing fresh allegations of bribery and corruption.

The unsuccessful candidate and runner up, Taumanupepe Teleso, has accused the winner, Patu Ativalu, of accepting a 25 thousand US dollar bribe from one of the two winners of his constituency's two seats in parliament and HRPP MP, Anauli Pofitu Fesili.

According to Taumanupepe it was the main reason for the withdrawal of an election petition by Patu against Anauli after last year's general election.

The re-elected MP is silent over the new allegations and prefers not to comment but wait until his rival's case, if any, is heard in court.

The ruling party MP at the centre of the allegations refers media enquiries to his lawyer.