Gun suspected in ex-MP’s death

FORMER MP: Leva’a Sauaso. [Samoa Observer file photo]

A former Member of Parliament for Aiga i le Tai described as a “hero of the fa’asamoa” has passed away.

Leva’a Sauaso, of Apolima, died upon arrival at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital on Wednesday night, Dr Penehuro Tapelu confirmed. Dr Tapelu could not comment on the details of Leva’a’s death.

But Assistant Police Commissioner, Le’aupepe Fatu Pula said a firearm is believed to have caused the death. He confirmed that a firearm was involved.

While suicide is suspected, the Assistant Commissioner said it’s too early to say.
“We are investigating the death and I cannot give any further details.”

When the Samoa Observer visited Leva’a’s home at Vaitele-fou yesterday, one of his sons said he was unsure of how his father died. Their family was having a meeting and the son declined to comment.

But a resident of Vaitele-fou, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he saw Leva’a’s body being carried to the car on Wednesday night. The source confirmed that a gun was involved and said many family members started to arrive at Leva’a’s residence later that evening.

Leva’a was an MP and an Under Secretary (equivalent of an Associate Minister) of the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) from 2001 to 2006.
He won his seat in Parliament with 498 seats.

Leva’a served on many Government Boards and Committees.
One of his most recent roles was a being a member of the Commission of Inquiry, which reviewed freedom of religion in Samoa.


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