Deidre Tautua – Fanene
The man who confessed in the Supreme Court to charges of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, may be called in as a state witness.
Taualai Leiloa pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges and will be sentenced at the end of the month on the 30th of September 2019.
Whether he will be brought in as a key state witness to the same charges denied by two other alleged conspirators, remains to be confirmed by the Attorney General, Lemalu Herman Retzlaff.
Newsline Samoa was waiting on a response to emailed questions to the Attorney General as of press time last night to any state prosecution plans.
A Newsline source familiar with court proceedings said it is usual practice to call on a guilty defendant to become state witness against another defendant involved in the same matter.
The other two suspects Malele Paulo and Lema’i Faioso pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
Both are still remanded in custody until the 18th of this month for bail hearing.
A hearing date will be set by the court after the bail hearing.
The court backlog is now up to March next year.
The Ministry of Police alleged there was a fourth member of the conspiracy. Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has already confirmed they have begun proceedings to extradite Talalelei Pauga from Australia.