Samoan as­sas­si­na­tion plot ac­cused plead not guilty

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

Apia: Two men charged with con­spir­acy to as­sas­si­nate Samoa’s Prime Min­is­ter, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Maliel­e­gaoi, have pleaded not guilty to the crime.

The pair, Malele Atofu Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, and Lema’i Faioso Sione, are also fac­ing a sec­ond charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der. The two have been or­dered to re­main in cus­tody un­til next Mon­day when they will ap­pear for a plea hear­ing on the sec­ond charge.

The prose­cu­tion has op­posed bail.

Mean­while a third sus­pect, Taualai Leiloa, also known as Taualai Tuila’epa, has ap­peared sep­a­rately on the same charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der. He was de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter a plea as the pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice Leiatauale­sa Dar­rel Clarke, said he must seek le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the charge.

Leiloa will ap­pear again next Mon­day.

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