Samoa church ministers

Samoa church ministers plead not guilty to tax charges

The matter was called today for hearing of stay of proceedings and quash of charges applications.

But the preliminary hearing did not go ahead after the lawyer for the defendants asked for the applications to be withdrawn.

Several church elders as well as the chairman and his deputy are among the first group of twenty ministers facing criminal charges filed by the Ministry of Revenue.

They are refusing to pay the tax on their monthly earnings from contributions given by church members.