12 Aug 2011

Samoa prime minister says tougher penalties for incest are likely

3:23 pm on 12 August 2011

Samoa's prime minister says penalties for crimes such as incest are too low and should be lifted.

His comments follows a call by supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson, for the maximum seven year penalty for incest to be reviewed.

Justice Nelson was speaking after the sentencing of a 47-year old man who pleaded guilty to 58 sex charges against his daughter.

Prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the law reform commission is currently reviewing the country's laws.

He says the maximum penalty for incest is part of that review.

"In any situation where incest is committed, it is only appropriate that the lawmakers must toughen up the penalties as a dis-incentive."

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.