24 Jun 2010

Former Speaker of Samoa's Parliament faces contempt of court charges

10:26 am on 24 June 2010

A former Speaker of the Samoa Parliament has been charged with contempt of court.

Leota Leulua'ialii Ituau Ale will appear in court this month after he refused to stop running a sub-village in the village of Solosolo despite being ordered to do so by the Lands and Titles Court.

The Samoa Observer reports that the chiefs of Solosolo had also requested the court to ban Leota's family from Solosolo, but that was denied.

A spokesperson for Solosolo village, Le'au Va'asa, told the paper Leota should have been charged six months ago for failing to follow the court's direction.