26 Aug 2019

Two appear in Samoa court over PM assassination allegations

4:58 pm on 26 August 2019

Two men have appeared in the Samoan Supreme Court on a joint charge of conspiring to murder relating to the alleged plot against the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi,

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Photo: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The pair, Malele Atofu Paulo also known as King Faipopo and Lema'i Faioso Sione, who is a teacher, did not enter a plea as police have yet to finalise the charges.

But their lawyer applied for the two suspects to be released on bail.

The prosecution is opposing bail and the matter is scheduled for a further hearing.

The matter will be called again on Monday next week where Malele and Lema'i as well as the third suspect Taualai Taualai will appear.

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