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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.

18 Year Old Pleads Guilty to Two Charges of Incest

An 18 year old school boy who was last month charged for sexual connection with his biological sister has pleaded guilty to two charges of incest. The youth was assigned Ms Leinafo Taimalelagi as legal aid counsel, however he was represented today by Tuatagaloa Shane Wulf appearing on behalf of Ms Taimalelagi. The defendant whose […]

Man Denies Attempting to Rape his Neighbour, Says He has an Alibi

A man initially charged for the attempted rape of his neighbour has denied all charges, and was granted an alibi hearing by the Court. The defendant, in his 30’s now says he was nowhere near the incident and his lawyer, Tufuga Fagaloa Tufuga argued that his client has a credible alibi. Prosecution alleges the defendant, […]

It’s Time to Move Forward – Olo Walks Across to Greet Former PM

There was a loud applause from the public gallery of Samoa’s Maota Fono when the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) and former opposition MP Olo Afoa Fiti Va’ai, walked across the floor to greet former Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who had taken his seat on the opposition side of the […]

MP Says NO to Taxing Clergy and Questions Wages of Government Ministers’ Drivers

The Member of Parliament for the Vaisigano No 1 constituency from the far western part of Savaii, Niuava Eti Malolo in putting forth his views on the government budget questioned a rumoured increase in wages of Ministers’ drivers, strongly opposed the taxing of church ministers and called for the distribution of the entire annual dividends […]

Speaker Apologises to Samoa – “Let this be a Historical Day of Forgiveness”

17 September 2021, Apia Samoa. Before the court-directed swearing-in of 18 members of the Human Rights Protection Party, the Speaker of the House Papalii Lio Taeu Maispau in his opening remarks, sought forgiveness from the nation. Papalii acknowledged Parliament as a House of members elected by the people, and asked Samoa to forgive any shortcomings […]

FAST Chairman and Former Speaker Says Law is Silent and HRPP Should Seek Court Decision on Members’ Status

The Chairman of the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) political party, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt believes that the only solution going forward for HRPP’s elected members is to seek a motion from the Court to determine the legality of their status as Members of Parliament. HRPP have been banned from Parliament grounds […]

Vailele Murder Suspect Denies All Charges

A 20 year old charged with murder for allegedly killing a father of seven on Father’s Day weekend this year, has denied all six charges against him. Represented by his legal aid Counsel, 20 year old Naseri Lefia Taugofie pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Ensuring all bases are covered Prosecution have also […]

Contempt of Court Case Deals with Preliminary Issues Before Hearing Date is Set

The Contempt of Court motion by the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) political party against eight respondents was heard in a closed court session on Monday morning. The two hour proceeding was presided over by an all overseas based bench of Justice Robert Fisher and Justice Raynor Asher, who participated via zoom. […]

Samoa’s Longest Serving Prime Minister and HRPP Elected Members Blocked from Entering Parliament Grounds

Samoa’s longest serving Prime Minister and elected members of the Human Rights Protection Party were blocked on the main road by police acting on a public notice issued by the Speaker of the House prohibiting any member of the public from entering the Malae o Tiafau, and any part of Parliament grounds during the first […]

HRPP Members React to Police in Riot Gear

Members of the Samoa Police Service wearing riot gears, and holding up guards of armour ignited anger amongst some senior members of Human Rights Protection Party as they tried to negotiate their way through the barricades this morning. Member of Parliament for Vaimauga 1, Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa reacted when he saw a group of police […]