Samoa Lands and Titles Court President faces criminal charges

Samoa's attorney general has recommended the police file two charges against the president of the Lands and Titles Court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati.

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.

Police said the complainant may have been drinking at the function angering the president.