Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Tuilaepa says he has nothing to apologise to the courts for

He said he has no reason to apologise.

The Samoa Observer reported this week that the opposition leader "offered his sympathy for the judiciary" after weeks of criticising and protesting against the courts.

It said Tuilaepa told local television it is the "nature of their roles" as an opposition to question the three different arms of the Government.

But yesterday Tuilaepa told a press conference his use of the Samoan word "fa'amalulu" was translated as meaning "apologise" but it was out of context.

     

Samoa's former leader criticises NZ/AUS for lack of support

He has raised concerns at the silence from New Zealand and Australia over recent decisions by the local judiciary that he claims plunged the country into "the law of the jungle".

Tuilaepa, speaking on local television, said decisions by the judiciary on election matters had made the constitution untenable and there had not been any international reaction.

The former prime minister accused the judiciary of hiding behind the Court of Appeal, which he said had shattered the constitution.

Samoa's Tuilaepa accused of desperate attack on rule of law

The call comes from the winner of april's election, majority party FAST, which has raised concern about what it described as "disturbing developments" in recent days.

This includes the HRRP lodging a complaint to the Judiciary Services Comission, accusing the Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese of incompetence.

It comes as the country's Court of Appeal is due to sit on Friday to consider the legality of the adhoc swearing-in of the FAST government in late May

Samoa caretaker PM continues to defy Supreme Court

The judiciary is warning anyone who stands in the way of its ruling could face criminal penalties.

Tuila'epa's announcement last night also included a warning to the judiciary that it was over-reaching its powers by seeking to limit his own, reports the Samoa Observer.

The publication reported Tuila'epa saying that one arm of Government should not "like Hitler" seek to assert its authority over another.

Samoa Caretaker PM assures public Government machinery continues

Tuilaepa’s statement was announced as measures to address the Government Budget 2021-2022 as today 30 June is the last day of the current Fiscal Year from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

According to Tuilaepa, Government is yet to “convene a properly constituted Legislative Assembly in accordance with Articles III and 44 of the Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa for reasons that are already well known and under dispute.”

Samoa's Tuila'epa sued for contempt

It was filed by the prime minister-elect, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, in the latest twist in a two-month political crisis.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is named alongside the speaker of parliament, the clerk of the legislative assembly, and the attorney general.

The FAST party, which won April's election, accuses the four of contempt for ignoring a Supreme Court order to convene parliament, at which point FAST should have been sworn in as government.

They were forced to hold an ad-hoc swearing outside - the legitimacy of which is also subject to legal challenge.

Samoa's Tuilaepa told his 'perversity' will be dealt with soon

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, speaking formally as the country's elected prime minister, slammed the behaviour Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his Human Rights Protection Party.

Fiame's FAST party, which won the most seats in last month's election, and the previous ruling party, HRPP, are waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on several contentious issues.

Speaking in a broadcast from FAST headquarters she said MPs and officials must move from their roles and offices and allow the public service to focus on its work in a business-like and orderly way.

Samoan prime minister claims to be 'appointed by God'

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's comments came after protests were directed against him in front of the Supreme Court.

He told the Samoa Observer "I am appointed by God" so protests were futile in front of the judiciary who he said had no bearing on his appointment.

The incumbent governing party HRPP and newcomers FAST, have been locked in a deadlock over who can form a government, since general elections last month.

Samoa man facing more charges over social media rant

Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social media video rant by King Faipopo which resulted in his arrest three months ago.

Tuila'epa is one of the prosecution witnesses in the case against Faipopo.

The defendant's application for the matter to be quashed because Samoa has no jurisdiction to hear the case will be heard next Monday.

 

Samoa PM not after special treatment in Pacific Games return

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi won a silver medal in the mixed recurve team event at the 2007 Games in Apia and announced at the weekend his intention to represent Samoa once again at the 2019 event on home soil.

President of the Archery Samoa Federation, Muaausa Joseph Walter, competed alongside the Prime Minister 12 years ago and said he always expected the 74-year-old would want to give the Games another crack.

"When he competes with us I suppose he takes off his Prime Minister hat and he's part of the group," he said.