3 May 2019

Samoa parliament set to decide future of embattled court president

1:59 pm on 3 May 2019

The Samoa parliament may decide the fate of the Lands and Titles court President if the judiciary can not handle the matter, according to the Prime Minister.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi was commenting following a report of the president, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati, changing his mind, saying he would stay in the job.

He had earlier told the chief justice he would resign after being convicted of assault by the Court of Appeal.

The prime minister said parliament had powers under the constitution to remove a judge by a two thirds majority.

Since the president's conviction in the court of appeal a week ago a government vehicle he had had access to has been returned to the Ministry of Justice and his salary has been stopped.