Former Finance Staff of Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration Face Charges of Theft as a Servant

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Courthouse Mulinuu, Jan 2020. Photo: Taielua Tuasivi.

 

Two former senior employees of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (MJCA) Corporate Services division that deals with Ministry finances, appeared before the Supreme Court of Samoa on Monday morning faced with “holding charges” of theft as a servant filed by Prosecution.

Prosecutor Fuifui Ioane requested a two week adjournment, for police to finalise charges.

Holding charges suggests Prosecution are bringing a minor criminal offence against the pair so they can be held by police while more serious charges are being prepared or investigated.

Former Principal Officer of MJCA Hana Euta Fuatavai is initially charged with stealing monies of up to $4000 tala from MJCA, while former Assistant Chief Executive Officer Serah Marie Skelton Sokimi is charged with stealing monies of up to $5,500 tala from MJCA.

Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma postponed both matters to early February for Samoa Police to finalise charges against both defendants.

Both women were unrepresented in Court, and were advised to seek legal counsels before the matters are called again before the Courts.

Courthouse Mulinuu, Jan 2020. Photo: Taielua Tuasivi.

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