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Former Samoa Official Disputes Court’s Arrest Warrant
Ex-cabinet minister claims he was not informed of order to appear

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 29, 2012) – Former Samoa Cabinet Minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui has questioned the Court system after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday.

"How can they issue a warrant for my arrest when I was not informed about an appearance in Court?" Mulitalo told the Samoa Observer. "I was never told that I was to appear in Court on Monday. I’ve only been informed by my relatives who have heard the news that there is a warrant of arrest for me yet I’m unaware about anything."

Mulitalo confirmed that he would appear in Court today.

"I’ve got nothing to hide," he said. "As far as I’m concerned, this is news to me. So I will turn up to Court to answer to whatever they want."

Issued by Justice Pierre Slicer, the warrant of arrest was issued after Mulitalo did not appear in the Supreme Court on Monday.

The former Minister of Health was to appear in Court after the Court of Appeal ordered another sentence in relation to 10 counts of indecent acts, which he was found guilty of.

"I would’ve appeared if I was told about it," Mulitalo said. "But there was no Court summon and that’s why I didn't attend."

[PIR editor’s note: Mulitalo has been found guilty of indecent acts involving himself and one of his employees, and earlier this week, judges in the Court of Appeal gave an order for him to reappear in court to face an additional charge in the case.]

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