A fugitive found in the United States of America and sent back to Samoa, accused of raping four students with special needs, has pleaded not guilty to 23 charges against him.
Vaiaoga Leatuvao entered the plea in the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu presided over the matter.
The defendant’s lawyer, Te’o Richard Fa’aiuaso, submitted an application for his client to be released on bail.
His Honour Chief Justice Patu rejected the application.
Precious Chang was the lawyer for Attorney General’s office.