Criminal charges

Samoa Methodist minister faces 10 charges over sexual allegations

Charges include one of rape and seven of sexual misconduct with a family member, as well as an indecent act to a dependent member of his family, who is a girl under 16 years of age.

The accused has appeared in the Supreme Court for the second time, with the case being adjourned without a plea being entered until next Monday to allow the defence lawyer to talk with his client.

The accused has been stripped of his pastoral roles.

The alleged offences happened when Mr Tuliau was serving at the Satalo Methodist Church.


Company in Samoa could face criminal charges over deaths

The men were part of a crew of seven working an excavation site belonging to Tausala Matiu Company when it caved in on them.

Three of them men were died on the spot while a fourth was admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

The chief executive of the ministry of natural resources and environment Ulu Bismarck Crawley said charges could be laid once an investigation into the incident is complete.

Ulu said the company did not have a license to excavate the land it was working on.

Samoa 7s player Gordon Langkilde pleads not guilty

The San Francisco Examiner reports Langkilde must remain in the United States while awaiting trial on two counts of battery, one count of assault and one count of misdemeanour.

The charges relate to allegations that the 22 year old Langkilde attacked several Welsh players in the tunnel leading to the changing rooms after Samoa's 24-19 loss to Wales on Sunday in the Challenge quarter finals.

Police later arrested Langkilde at his hotel.

Samoa Lands and Titles Court President faces criminal charges

Lemalu Herman Retzlaff said he was satisfied the police have enough evidence to charge Fepulea'i with causing injuries and being armed with a dangerous weapon

The police investigation was the result of a complaint filed by a night watchman at the Ministry of Justice and Courts after an alleged assault by Fepulea'i.

The incident allegedly took place during the end of year function for judges in December.

Samoa Police Service said Fepulea’i has been remanded at liberty and is scheduled to appear before the court on 7 February 2018 to answer charges against him.

No charges for Muslim student after clock mistaken for bomb

Ahmed Mohamed will not be charged with possessing a hoax bomb because there's no evidence that the boy meant to cause alarm at his school in Irving, police Chief Larry Boyd said at a news conference.

Boyd said the clock that Ahmed built looked "suspicious in nature," but that he considers the case closed.

3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis

A document released Friday showed the committee of independent citizens voted in favour of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with then-vice presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69.

The 11-member committee's second decision supporting the indictment overrides Tokyo prosecutors' two earlier decisions to drop the case, forcing the three men to be charged with professional negligence.

Teen's killing by friend goes to special jury

In an exclusive interview, they told The Associated Press that they blame themselves for allowing the teen to keep a loaded revolver in his room.

As a prosecutor moves to put the case before a special jury to decide on charges, the May shooting has revived the debate over the so-called Castle Doctrine that sometimes allows the use of lethal force to defend one's home.