RSA warned selling unlicensed alcohol attracts fine up to $10,000/jail time up to six months

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The Alcohol Control Board opted not to renew the liquor license for the famous RSA Nightclub, owned by Tatiana Investments Company Ltd over the lack of a valid lease for the premises. 

The nightclub was also warned that continuation of the sale of alcohol would attract a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for a term of six months. This was confirmed in a letter signed by the Secretary of the Alcohol Control Board, Lupe Tariu Matai’a.

Radio Polynesia obtained the letter dated 12 June 2023 and its addressed to Amituana’i Faleulu Mauli, director of Tatiana Investments Co. Ltd. 

According to the letter, during a meeting held on 6 June, they decided to put a hold on their application considering relevant factors and circumstances, including the lack of a valid lease of the premises.

The letter states that Board pointed out that it has come to their attention an “unresolved dispute” of the lease between the RSA building and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.  

It is alleged the MNRE has confirmed there is no current lease, and in light of this, the Alcohol Board noted that until the dispute is resolved, only then will the Board review their application. 

Also, the Alcohol Board noted that RSA continues to sell alcohol during the first week of June, and they pointed out that the issue of unlicensed alcohol sales is severe. They will not tolerate any further breaches of the law by the nightclub. 

Radio Polynesia tried to get comments from the Tatiana Investment Co Ltd Director but was unsuccessful.