18 Oct 2005

Samoan village apologises for alleged murder of opposition MP

11:21 am on 18 October 2005

The Samoan village of Ti'avea, has offered a formal apology or ifoga to the home village of Opposition MP Su'a Atonio Lemi, who was allegedly stabbed to death by Ti'avea villager, Vase Iosefa Falaniko.

Falaniko's family was advised not to take part in the ifoga for security reasons.

After a short verbal confrontation, Su'a's family accepted the apology.

During her funeral eulogy, Su'a's widow said her husband's trip to New Zealand, where he was killed, was to raise funds for his re-election campaign.

He was to return to Samoa the day he died.

Su'a's funeral mass was led by the Archbishop of Samoa, the Reverend Alapati Mataeliga.

Eulogies were also delivered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele and the leader of the Opposition Le Mamea Ropati.