Parole board overturns decision to release Michael Agasiva
“This was a major betrayal to the Parole Board... for a police official to conceal information, in other words deceive the Parole Board,” said a member of the board after they overturned the decision they made last week to release Michael Agasiva on parole, when it came to light that a complaint was filed against him last month on allegations he assaulted another inmate inside the Tafuna Correctional Facility.
The parole board last week had moved to release former Police Lieutenant Ray Noa and repeat offender Michael Agasiva, after parole hearings were held.
The disappointed parole board member, who wished not to be named, told Samoa News that the move to overturn their decision came after they were informed there was an outstanding complaint against Agasiva pending with the Department of Public Safety.
Samoa News understands yesterday was supposed to be the day the Parole Board members would sign off on release papers for both inmates, but now, they will only sign off on Noa’s release.
Former Police Lieutenant Raymond Noa was found guilty of second-degree assault in an incident involving a man in Nu’uuli in 2010 and received a straight sentence of five years.
The parole board member told Samoa News that the authorities — including TCF Warden Lumana’i Maifea, who testified before the board that Agasiva has been on good behavior — failed to mention the pending assault case at the hearing. Warden Maifea declined to comment on the matter when asked for comment by Samoa News, and referred all queries to Acting Commissioner of Public Safety Leiseau Laumoli.
Agasiva was sentenced to five years imprisonment for second degree assault, and six months in jail for public peace disturbance, to be served concurrently, following an incident on Sept. 29, 2009. He was accused of using the flat side of a machete on his victim after punching the victim several times.
Last week parole hearings for Noa and Agasiva were the only two held, with another parole hearing scheduled for this Thursday where they will take up cases of inmates who have been convicted in sex cases, according to two parole board members.
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