Arrest warrant issued for ex-army man

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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WANTED: Mualia Salamo, who failed to appear for a hearing date after allegations in 2015 that he had brought illegal guns and weapons into Samoa.

WANTED: Mualia Salamo, who failed to appear for a hearing date after allegations in 2015 that he had brought illegal guns and weapons into Samoa.

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu has ordered a warrant of arrest for former United States army personnel, Mualia Salamo. 

Mr. Salamo failed to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday where a hearing date was scheduled to be set. 

He had previously pleaded not guilty to five charges against him under the Drugs and Narcotics Act and the possession of Unlawful and Illegal Weapons Act. 

 The former U.S. army man is accused of allegedly bringing in illegal drugs and weapons that were found in a container shipped into the country last year.

When police were tipped off by an informant, they searched and seized the container where a variety of military weapons and drugs were allegedly found inside. 

In August last year, the office of the Attorney General made a strong stand in Court against an application by Mualia to travel to the United States for his medical checkup after his lawyer informed the Court that his client travelled to the U.S. every year to get his medicine. 

Mualia had promised to return in time for his trial. 

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