10 Dec 2019

Samoan 'anti-vaxxer' out on bail

2:52 pm on 10 December 2019

A Samoan anti-vaccination advocate has been granted bail with strict conditions after his first court appearance today.

The courthouse in Apia, Samoa.

The courthouse in Apia, Samoa. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

Edwin Tamasese has been charged with incitement against the government vaccination order last week after he allegedly published a post on social media against the mass vaccination drive.

He was arrested in Savaii and taken to Upolu on the weekend, where he had been kept in custody.

Judge Leota Raymond Schuster granted bail for Mr Tamasese, who was ordered not to comment, or publish or post anything on social media concerning measles, Newsline reports.

The man, who is also a faith healer, was ordered not to hand out any medication to anyone.

He will be back in court next Tuesday.