Deputy Ombudsman

Samoan official cleared of using insulting, threatening language

The Samoa Observer reports Associate District Court Judge Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe said the prosecution could not substantiate its submissions to the standards required by the court.

A former Associate Minister Maualaivao Pat Ah Him had lodged a complaint with police in November 2020 claiming Maualaivao Seiuli Pepe had used insulting and threatening words against him during a village matai council meeting for their village of Malie.

Samoa Deputy Ombudsman faces criminal charges

The criminal charge was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner Papali'i Monalisa Keti in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.

Papali'i said Pepe Maualaiavao is facing one count of making insulting words and confirmed that he is scheduled to appear in the District Court on November 10.

The complaint was lodged with the Ministry of Police and Prisons by Maualaivao Pat Ah Him last November, over an alleged verbal spat between the two men during a village council meeting.


Photo file  Caption: Samoa Police Headquarters