5 Feb 2018

Samoa Lands and Titles court President to face criminal charges

8:18 pm on 5 February 2018

Samoa's attorney general has recommended the police file two charges against the president of the Lands and Titles Court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati.

Samoa's courthouse

Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

Lemalu Herman Retzlaff said he was satisfied the police have enough evidence to charge Fepulea'i with causing injuries and being armed with a dangerous weapon

The police investigation was the result of a complaint filed by a night watchman at the Ministry of Justice and Courts after an alleged assault by Fepulea'i.

The incident allegedly took place during the end of year function for judges in December.

Police said the complainant may have been drinking at the function angering the president.