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Samoa imposes tightens measures for returning citizens

This follows confirmation of two positive Covid-19 cases found to have been infected before they had boarded the last repatriation flight from Auckland earlier this month.

Samoa's prime minster Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says approval will only be given to returning citizens permanently residing in the country and the scholarship students.

But they must present a medical report clearing them of symptoms of the coronavirus before entering Samoa.

Meanwhile, the two people who tested positive cases are now in isolation.

Samoan PM says some still not taking Covid-19 serious

During his weekly national radio address, Tuila'epa said 50 people were not allowed to board a repatriation flight last Friday because they did not

meet proper Covid-19 travel requirements.

''This means they are not worried by the pandemic, but it is nothing for anyone to play around with,'' he said.

The prime minister said some passengers turned up without the required health test evidence while others had documents but without signed verification from medical professionals.

He said subsequently there were 50 wasted vacant seats that others could have used.

Samoa PM to amend laws governing MPs resigning from political parties

During his weekly radio address Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi spoke of weaknesses in the legislation.

According to Tuila'epa amending the legislation would make sure party MPs remained loyal to their parties for a full Parliamentary term.

His comments come after recent resignations of former members of his Human Rights Protections Party who stayed on as independents.

Tuila'epa says those who did that were doing so for their own personal benefits.


Samoa Supreme Court judge did not leak letter says lawyer

The letter relates to the bail hearing for one of two men accused of plotting to kill the prime minister.

It was sent to the chief executive of Courts Administration and copied to other members of the judicary.

Last week Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren leaked the letter's contents in court.

But defence lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu said its author and content only surfaced when requested by the prosecution, who were acting on behalf of the prime minister.

Samoa PM hits out at NZ Law Society

The society's president , Tiana Epati, expressed her misgivings about the proposals with her group standing alongside their Samoan counterparts in opposition to them.

However Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said there was no place for the "President of an overseas Law Society" to lecture or interfere with the country's democratic processes.

"Samoa's Government is trying to create a Specialist Court of Appeal for its own cultural Lands and Titles to be legally acknowledged and preserved," the prime minister said.

Samoa's former head of state blasts PM over Constitution comments

Last week Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Parliament amendments his government proposed aimed to change foreign concepts the Samoan leaders of the time did not comprehend and which were inserted by overseas advisers who helped frame the Constitution.

The changes would affect the Lands and Titles Court which oversaw customary lands and chiefly titles.

Tuilaepa also made similar statements in media briefings on three bills now before Parliament.

Samoa PM's stoush with deputy a breach of protocol - former AG

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa was publicly by censured by PM Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi last week for questioning an amendment to the Electoral Act.

She and other cabinet ministers were then told that any who disagreed with him should resign.

This showed the prime minister sought none but his own counsel, said lawyer Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu.

Taulapapa said Samoa has huge respect for its first female deputy, a trailblazer who has been in parliament since 1985 and is a member of the Tama-a-Aiga, or traditional nobility.

Samoa's PM blasts media over court reports of sexual offending

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the journalists had reported cases broadcast locally and overseas which made it seem that sexual offences were happening from Monday to Sunday.

Tuila'epa said the reports were shameful and tarnished the good name and reputation of Samoa.

He said the journalists providing such coverage had no pride in the country.

The prime minister said when sexual offence stories were broadcast he turned off the TV or radio because they did not sound good.

Tight security measure in place for Samoa PM

Presiding over the bail hearing Supreme Court, Justice Tafaoimalo granted bail to the two defendants.

The bail conditions imposed by the Court include;
• prohibiting any post anything related to this case on social media
• not to have any contact with an alleged conspirator overseas
• not to approach or associate or have any contact with the alleged victim, and any police witnesses.
• sign in with police twice a week.

Samoa PM calls for resignation of slow judges

According to TV1Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi made the remark in Parliament on Friday.

Tuilaepa was reportedly responding to a disappointment voiced by Vaimauga East MP Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa about the delay in a manslaughter case against people accused of being involved in the death of his son a year ago.

The prime minister told the house that many members of the public came to his office complaining about judgements taking too long to be delivered by the courts.