Crime

Businessman Appeals Sea Cucumber Processing Conviction

Deidre Fanene

Prominent Chinese/Samoan businessman, Mr. Chen Pao, is fighting a District Court conviction for the unlawful processing of sea cucumbers for export.

Pao was found guilty earlier this year of one count of operating a processing plant for sea cucumbers without a license.

He was also guilty of one count of operating a processing plant for export purposes.

Court Ruling Unlikely Before Xmas In CEO Murder Hearing

Deidre Fanene

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, has advised legal counsels in the Supreme Court hearing of the alleged murder of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u by her husband Kolani Jr. Lam, not to expect a ruling before Christmas.

Justice Tuatagaloa, who presided over the hearing, was supposed to hear final submissions by counsels on both sides yesterday, but there were delays.

A new date is set for the 27th of November 2019 for the court to hear submissions.

Samoa hosts 38thannual PILON AGM

Samoa is hosting the Pacific Islands Law Officers Network (PILON) this week, with 18 member countries including New Zealand and Australia.

Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in his keynote address, emphasized the crucial role the forum provides in the Pacific countries’ collective effort to counteract crimes in general.

Woman who poured hot water on her husband admitted guilt in court.

Deidre Fanene

A woman who poured hot water on her husband pleaded guilty in court to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.

Manumea Choo Koon appeared before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren yesterday, Monday.

She did not have legal counsel and did not want a lawyer when asked in court as she was ready to enter her plea.

Court Woes Not Over Yet For Former LTA Legal Officer

Deidre Fanene

The Land Transport Authority former legal division boss is not out of the clear yet after an earlier Supreme Court ruling that exonerated her of deceit charges were overturned in the Appeals Court.

 Ms. Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai is facing more than 4 charges including the altering of a document with intent to deceive, after a successful appeal by the state prosecution.

Dear Oh Dear……the honour of being a judge

Any thoughts about a job on the bench as a judge of the Lands and Titles Court? A couple of seats are available. One is to follow soon when a judge’s contract expires and will not be renewed.

To be honest there were other earlier judge problems too but they have been fixed.

The high turnover of the judiciary staff is noted but where there’s a  challenge there’s excitement.

C’mon give it a try? This maybe your calling and there’s only one way to find out.

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