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Yearbook 1999

Samoa. According to Countryaah official website, Labor Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu was assassinated in July in the capital Apia in connection with an anniversary celebration of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party. According to a prosecutor, the minister was murdered for not being able to reveal widespread corruption and mismanagement by public funds. A man who admitted the murder was sentenced to death in August, but he is not likely to be executed because previously sentenced death sentences have been converted to life imprisonment. The convicted man's mother was minister of women's affairs at the time of the murder, and she was charged with prosecution for planning the act.

1999 Samoa

The same charges were brought against another former minister. He was further accused of having also planned murder of the country's head of government Tuilaepa Sailele. The trial of the two former ministers was postponed until January 2000.

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