5 Jan 2015

Samoa newspaper editor faces attempted rape charge

6:57 am on 5 January 2015

The editor of Samoa's government-owned Savali Newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, is facing a charge of attempted rape.

A young woman made a complaint to the Samoa Victim Support Group, which was then referred on to the police.

The alleged incident took place during the week leading up to Christmas.

The police spokesperson and assistant commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, says the accused had been in custody, but has since been released on bail.

Tupuola has been required to surrender all travel documents and report to the police three times a week leading up to his court appearance.

Tupuola Terry Tavita was a former senior journalist at the daily Samoa Observer newspaper before he took a job at the government newspaper.

He is scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court on January the 19th.

Tupuola Terry Tavita

Tupuola Terry Tavita Photo: RNZI