1 Jun 2011

Samoa finance minister cleared of bribery allegations

3:05 pm on 1 June 2011

Samoa's Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has been cleared of bribery and treating allegations in an election petition.

It had been filed in court by a Tautua Samoa Party candidate and former MP, Le Tagaloa Pita.

The government minister has also been cleared of an allegation that he was not qualified to stand in the March election because his declaration form was endorsed by a village mayor or pulenuu of a different village of his constituency and not the village which gave him the chiefly matai tile of Faumuina.

The court has dismissed all allegations and Faumuina has been confirmed as the duly elected MP for Palauli le Falefa.

This was the last election petition ruling.

Four constituencies will go to the polls again after their elected MPs were found guilty of bribery and treating.