23 Apr 2010

District court in Samoa dismisses criminal charges against a ruling party MP

8:39 am on 23 April 2010

The District Court in Samoa has dismissed two count of threatening to kill made against the Associate Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Solamalemalo Keneti Sio, after a hearing this week.

The case has been dropped because the prosecution failed to prove the allegations that Mr Sio had made the threats against the complainant, a man from his village.

Of five prosecution witnesses only three gave evidence, including a man who's related to Mr Sio.

Several matais and untitled men from the village, Faleula, spoke in support of Mr Sio.