An associate minister for Samoa’s Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been charged by Samoan police for forgery and falsifying documents.
Peseta Vaifou Tevaga was arrested and charged by police last Friday and is due to appear for mention in the country’s Supreme Court on Monday 14 December.
The associate minister’s lawyer has revealed that her client has denied all charges laid against him.
Tevaga’s lawyer, Leulua’ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has raised concerns over the investigations and the way in which it is being carried out by police and the attorney general.
She said that the case lacked evidence and was worried of the consequences the charges could have on the associate minister, his family and the constituency he represented.
The lawyer is demanding remedy from the attorney general and the commissioner for police; she has since said that should there be no answers forthcoming from the authorities concerned, she will take legal action.
Peseta Vaifou Tevaga has been charged with one count of forgery and one count of falsifying documents.