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Intrigue and legal strategy on eve of Israel Folau's court case with Rugby Australia

On the same day that the former Wallaby's Instagram and Twitter pagesdisappeared for up to four hours, Folau's former employer filed an application in the Federal Circuit Court to have the high profile case moved.

The organisation was not immediately available for comment, but the development could be interpreted as a legal strategy to slow proceedings.

As the "little sister" to the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court has a track record of moving cases through quicker than its federally-based siblings and at a lower cost.

Jail not sought for Samoan nurses over baby deaths

Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Te'o pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and will be sentenced next Tuesday in Samoa's Supreme Court.

On Friday, prosecution and defence lawyers agreed to recommend to judges the nurses be banned from their profession for two-years and be required to undertake training.

Samoa's health ministry said the babies' deaths were caused by the nurses mixing the wrong liquid with the vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

     

Back and forth for suspended Samoa court president continues

Fepulea'i was charged after an incident last December in which he hit a security guard with a beer bottle.

He went before the District Court in July this year, when he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm.

The District Court discharged him without conviction but the police appealed.

Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the appeal, quashing the suspended sentence verdict and sending the case back for retrial in the District Court.

Campaign continues after Rabuka found not guilty

Supporters cheered the SODELPA leader, former prime minister and 1987 coup leader Mr Rabuka as he emerged from the Suva Magistrates Court late this morning.

Mr Rabuka was charged by Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption under Fiji's political party regulations - for providing a false declaration of his assets, income and liabilities.

If convicted, he would have been out of the running for the 14 November polls.

Former Samoa rugby sevens coach to pay hefty surety

The former head coach is suing the Samoa Rugby Union and its chief executive for substantial damages over the termination of his contract more than two years ago.

Mr McGrath's lawyer had appealed on the ground that in the fixing of the security amount the judge erred by failing to consider whether the amounts of security denied the plaintiff full access to justice.

 

     

Samoa court officer gets suspended sentence for owning crack pipe

The Samoa Observer reports Mene Junior Su'a was caught by a senior ministry official whose cheque book had been stolen by Mr Su'a and used to buy methamphetamine.

Mr Su'a told his superior two other officers had also been involved in the crime and handed over a pipe he had used to smoke meth.

Samoa Union continuing to support Langkilde

22-year-old Langkilde was charged in July with battery, assault and misdemeanour following an off-field altercation with Welsh players at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

Last week his hearing was delayed for a second time and it is now approaching two months since he initially arrived in the US.

Samoa's team manager Peter Poulos has stayed with Langkilde over the past few weeks and the SRU 's Zane Hilton said they were trying to keep the lines of communication between the player and his family, over 7,000 kilometres away, open.

Gordon Langkilde hearing deferred again

The 22-year-old was charged in July on two counts of battery, one count of assault and one misdemeanour charge following an off-field altercation with Welsh players at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke said Langkilde and his legal team turned up to court on Wednesday only to be told the hearing was delayed for a second time.

Two men jailed for Samoan market ransacking

Junior Pauli and Viliamu Touli were convicted of intentional damage while another man, Tommy Fiu, has been convicted of possessing an unlicensed firearm.

Fiu was discharged and put under probation for 12 months and was also ordered to pay $US95 in court costs.

The three defendants were charged as a result of a brawl between youths of Salelavalu and Salelologa villages.

A village orator and a former ruling HRPP party MP, Fiu Loimata, representing Salelologa village in court, had asked for leniency for the three men.

Court rejects request for Gordon Langkilde to fly home

The 22-year-old, who pleaded not guilty last week, is awaiting trial on two counts of battery, one count of assault and one count of misdemeanor, following an off-field altercation with Welsh players at the last month's Sevens World Cup.

Langkilde appeared in court yesterday in San Francisco for a pre-hearing conference, alongside his lawyer Joshua Bentley.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke said the player must now return to court on 15 August (US time).