6 Mar 2018

Samoa President of Lands and Titles court takes leave

10:24 am on 6 March 2018

The president of Samoa's Lands and Titles court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati, will be taking leave with pay from next week to await the outcome of criminal charges against him.

Samoa's courthouse

Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

The President is facing charges of assault and weapons charges in the District Court.

Papalii John Taimalelagi of the Ministry of Justice and Courts said the Chief Justice who is the chairman of the Judiciary Commission has accepted the President's application for leave.

Fepulea'i Attila Ropati, will appear in court on Tuesday.

The complainant in the case is the Ministry of Justice's night watchman.

The president is accused of actual bodily harm, assault and being armed with a dangerous weapon.