P.M. will testify if A.G. needs more "atomic things"

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, will only testify in the hearing of charges against King Faipopo if he is required by the prosecution team of the Attorney General's Office.

This is in relation to the criminal libel case filed against Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is the complainant.

Paulo pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two additional charges against him, in relation to a recent social media post targeting the Prime Minister. 

The additional charges are on top of 13 initial charges against Paulo, who is accused of making false statements designed to harm the Prime Minister's reputation.

"If and during the proceedings and the Attorney General sees the need for more atomic things, then he will call me," Tuilaepa said.  

In Court this week prosecutor from the Attorney General’s office, Iliganoa Atoa said the Prime Minister will give evidence in the hearing set for 22nd July 2019.

Ms. Atoa told the Court that the complainant, Tuilaepa, is not available from June until the end of July. 

She said during that period the country is hosting the Pacific Games. 

Speaking during his weekly programme, the P.M. made reference to a previous case where he was sued by a family that operated a lottery. 

He laughed and said the A.G.’s office may send a new lawyer to prosecute this matter. 

“This is something very small and it is not a big deal,” he said. ,

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