By Tauva Lima –Tavae
The man who attacked the Prime Minister last year with a severed pig’s head in Brisbane, Australia, has down played reports of being questioned by the police for allegedly making a false immigration declaration.
Tala Pauga is currently visiting families in Samoa from Australia and was reportedly questioned at the weekend, for his alleged answer to the question of whether he has had any previous conviction in Australia.
He did not show much reaction about being investigated by the police when asked by Newsline about it.
“ "I am not aware of the problem because I am pretty much a free man at the moment." Pauga said.
The Sapolu Law Firm is representing the Australia based Pauga and did confirm to Newsline yesterday the police investigation is in relations to his immigration declaration.
“ It is our understanding that he unknowingly ticked No in the immigration declaration form on the question of whether he has any previous convictions,” a Sapolu Law Firm spokesperson explained when asked by Newsline.
“ He did admit that he had previous convictions in Australia and that is why the police turned up at his home on Saturday at Manono to question him.”
The law firm’s spokesperson also disclosed that Pauga was questioned by the police on the same day his lawyer left on an off island trip.
The Manono-tai village council has already cleared the PM’s attacker of any wrong doing when the incident was brought to their attention recently.
Aiga ile tai Member of Parliament Mulipola Laki defended the village decision as based on wisdom and foresight and does not reflect any disrespect to the Prime Minister.