13 Sep 2019

Samoa Judiciary Commission suspends three judges

10:18 am on 13 September 2019

Samoa's Judiciary Commission has suspended three judges of the Lands and Titles court.

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One of them is the deputy president of the court, Seveali'i Panapa Ve'e.

The others are the senior judges Lavea Siaosi Hazelman and Judge Nanai Pologa Ioane.

A statement from the Ministry of Justice said the three were suspended on Monday pending an investigation into allegations regarding a decision of the court which involved the suspended judges.

The commission, chaired by the acting chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson will appoint a committee to conduct the investigation.