Court President charged

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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GRANTED APPLICATION TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY: Fepulea’i Atilla Ropati. (Photo: File)

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati, is heading to Court over an alleged incident where he has been accused of assaulting a Security officer.

The charges of assault, being armed with a dangerous weapon and causing injury were laid yesterday afternoon when Fepulea’i was called into the Police station.

The President has been remanded at liberty until his Court appearance.

This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

 “I can confirm that the President of the L.T.C. will appear in the District Court on 13 March, 2018,” said Auapa’au. 

He declined to elaborate on the details.

According to sources within the Police, the alleged incident occurred at the compound of the Judiciary during a “party” for the Judges over the festive season last year. 

 “It’s alleged that the accused struck the security officer (who works at the judiciary compound) on the head twice with a glass bottle,” the source said. 

 “The matter was not reported to the Police immediately and it wasn’t until a few days later when the security officer felt pain on his head and was taken to the hospital." 

 “At the hospital, the doctor found bits and pieces of broken glass on his head and that’s when the matter was reported to the Police.”

Last week, when the Samoa Observer approached Fepulea’i for a comment, he declined.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.), Papali’i John Taimalelagi, also declined to comment.

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