21 Sep 2019

Bail hearing for Samoa PM assassination plot accused adjourned

8:31 am on 21 September 2019

New legal issues have again forced the adjournment of bail hearings for two men accused of plotting to assassinate Samoa 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

Talamua Online reports Malele Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, and Lema'i Faioso Sione have been sent back into police custody until 16 October when the new legal matters will be heard.

Once those matters have been solved a date will be set for a bail hearing.

When the matter was called this week, counsels were called to chambers and advised the matter had been adjourned.

Both men entered not guilty pleas but a third man, Taualai Leiloa, has already pleaded guilty to the charges and now awaits sentencing on 30 September.

Police are currently working with Australian Authorities to extradite a fourth accused man, Talalelei Pauga.

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