25 Apr 2011

Former Samoan Associate Minister charged with causing wilful damage

9:34 am on 25 April 2011

A former Samoan Associate Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Anauli Fesili Pofitu, has been charged with two counts of wilful damage after he allegedly destroyed crops such as taro, coconut and banana trees belonging to a family in his village of Tanugamanono.

Anauli Pofitu and his wife are among eight people being charged by the police in connection to the stoning and burning as well as the destroying of family properties including a home because of a land dispute.

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the Vaimauga west constituency in last month's general election.

The defendants have yet to enter a plea as police are still investigating.