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Marieta Heidi Ilalio has been writing since 2003 after graduating from the American Samoa Community College in Pago. She comes from the village of Tufulele is a freelance contributor to Samoa Global News.

Hearing Date Set for Four People Charged with Sexual Acts on Woman with a Disability

A hearing date has finally been set for a long outstanding case of four defendants facing charges of rape, sexual violation and sodomy acts on a woman with down syndrome. During criminal mentions this week Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma set an April 2022 date for the case to be heard. Two men Mose Loli and  […]

Two Sasina Matai Charged with Uttering Threatening and Insulting Words

Two matai in their 50’s from the village of Sasina, Savaii have been charged following a police investigation into a complaint filed by the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). Deputy Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo confirmed the two matai were charged on the basis of videos posted on social media, where they threatened violence against […]

Male Prisoner at Tanumalala Pleads Guilty to Acts of Sodomy

A male prisoner pleaded guilty to two charges of sodomy against a young man who was held in custody at the time of the offending. According to police, Mathew Solomona sexually violated another male inmate, who was a custodian at Tanumalala Prison in July this year. Unrepresented during Supreme Court mentions on Monday morning, Solomona […]

FLO Responds to Three Suicides in One Weekend

The Fa’ataua le Ola (FLO) established for the purpose of helping to decrease suicide numbers in Samoa, is urging people to always seek assistance if someone is facing overwhelming obstacles in his or her life. A Non Government Organisation, Faataua Le Ola means value life and with no government social development programmes in this space, has been […]

Falevao Family Hope to be Vaccinated on Day 2 of Lockdown

Living at the border of Falevao and Lalomauga the Upuolevavau family are worried that they might be left out of the mass vaccination programme that started today. The only member of the family who is now fully vaccinated, Fa’amaonia Alapati, told Samoa Global News at around 3:30pm on the afternoon of Day 1 of Samoa’s […]

Opposition Leader Questions Why the Budget Was Not Referred to Parliamentary Finance Committee

Samoa’s former Prime Minister now sitting on the opposition side of Parliament for the first time since HRPP’s close to 40 year reign had raised the question of why the Budget was not passed to the Parliamentary Finance Committee for screening and consultations after its second reading. The new FAST government started their first Parliamentary […]

Police Make Two Drug Related Arrests, Confiscate Meth, Utensils and Ammunition

Two men are now in police custody following police raids that led to the confiscation of 40 marijuana foiled cigarettes, 2 utensils, 2 plastic packets containing methamphetamine and live ammunition. Police say the raids were a result of public reports of suspicious narcotics activities. One man was arrested following a raid of his appartment and […]

School Boys Given Second Chance under Youth Offenders Act

The police have applied diversion powers to apply restorative justice and give a second chance to two school boys from a college in Savaii suspected for possession of marijuana. Deputy Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logitino Filipo said the incident occurred two weeks ago when the boys aged 17 and 18 were reported by teachers to the […]

A Tragic Weekend of Three Suspected Suicides and One Drowing

Samoa Police are investigating three deaths all believed to be suicides, and one drowning over the past weekend. Deputy Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo confirmed that a 32 year old fisherman from Salei’a was found dead at sea on Saturday evening, 18 September 2021. “The coroner is satisfied that the cause of death for the […]

Taxi Driver Charged with Rape of High School Girl Evades the Law, Caught Under Temporary Worker Screening Process

Monday 20 September 2021 Mulinuu Apia Samoa. A taxi driver who allegedly raped a 12 year old high school student in May 2020, and then failed to appear in Court to face charges against him was recently caught under the vigorous screening process of Samoa’s overseas temporary worker scheme. Falaula Faaea is accused of raping […]