3 Aug 2013

Court in Samoa jail arsonists for burning former politician's home

9:29 am on 3 August 2013

Two men in Samoa from the village of Solosolo have been sentenced to 14 and 22 weeks in jail after being found guilty of arson in court.

Ioane Vaipaipa and Taualii Lemusu were convicted of burning the home last year of former parliamentary speaker and high chief, Leota Leuluaialii Ituau Ale, as a result of a village council decision.

The pair had denied the arson charges against them.

But the court had agreed with police evidence that the pair were the only people seen by several villagers on the land of the complainant on the day of the fire.