Samoa govt suspends Attorney General and Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

The pair were stood down for two weeks after the government concluded it didn't have trust or confidence in them.

Both had defied the directions of the Supreme Court to re-open parliament on the 24th May and the FAST MPs swore themselves in on the grounds of parliament.

The Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said for her MPs to properly transition into government they needed the public service to operate in an efficient, professional, effective and apolitical manner.


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Lawsuit filed against Samoa attorney general, police officers

Katerina Auatalia Lesatele was arrested and held for five days in April last year, and accused of being the person behind the Ole Palemia Blog.

Ms Lesatele faced several charges over comments and opinions on the blog, which the police said had defamed a number of people.

However, the charges were later withdrawn for a lack of evidence.

The attorney general, on behalf of the police ministry, and the three officers are being sued for more than two hundred thousand US dollars.

The civil case is scheduled to be called for mention this week.



Samoa has new AG and prosecutor

The former head of the Attorney General's criminal division and senior lawyer, Precious Chang is the first Director of Public Prosecution to be appointed after Parliament last year separated the criminal prosecution division from the Attorney General's office.

The police prosecution is now under the Public Prosecution office.