12 Dec 2005

Samoa chief justice dimisses motion by former health boss in defamation case

4:33 pm on 12 December 2005

The Samoa chief justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, has dismissed a motion by the former CEO in the health ministry, Lolofie Dr Eti Enosa, in his case against the Samoa Observer newspaper, its publisher and a journalist.

Lolofie sued the paper for defamation for publishing documents including a summary of an interview with the attorney general, Brenda Heather-Latu and an interview with the Public Service Commissioner.

The chief justice said there was no other purpose for the documents, except to record a summary of the interviews and noted that the documents were protect by litigation privilege.

The lawyer acting for the newspaper, Toleafoa Solomona Foailoa, argued that these interviews were conducted immediately after the Samoa Observer was served with Lolofie's lawsuit served on or about October the 7th.