17 Apr 2013

Samoa opposition MP denies charges under Customs Act

4:34 am on 17 April 2013

A Samoan opposition MP, Levaopolo Talatonu, is facing ten charges of falsifying documents under the Customs Act.

The case relates to his Island Freight company allegedly being involved in the importation and release of a container with more than 900 cartons of whiskey.

The politician, who is the owner of the company, entered a no guilty plea when he appeared in the District Court.

Representing himself without a lawyer, Levaopolo has told reporters he will fight in court to clear his name and that of his company.

One of his employees is also denying charges of falsifying documents.

The MP's case is adjourned until mid-September while the employee's trial will begin next month.