P.M. shrugs off assassination conspiracy

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has shrugged off an alleged conspiracy to assassinate him. 

Speaking during his weekly media programme on Thursday, the Prime Minister said the threats are nothing new to him and happens in other parts of the world. 

“There are cruel people in this world who have nothing better to do, they are bitter and this is nothing new, it happens everywhere in the world; we have them here too, but they are in hiding," he said. 

According to the Prime Minister, people posting videos containing threats online are mere attention seekers. 

“It happens to every leader, whether in church, villages and government; their lives will always [be] threatened," said Tuilaepa.  

He said Police informed him discreetly once they were aware of allegations and they do not announce it publicly. 

“As I stated in the past, one dies in God’s timing as indicated in the Bible,” said the Prime Minister. 

"Before you were born, God knows when you enter this world, your calling and when you die as indicated in the Book of Jeremiah."

He reminded Samoans living abroad that the Government paved the way to make it easier for them to enter New Zealand and Australia. 

“My advice look for a steady job to provide for your family, but don’t worry about the Samoan Government we have people running the operation," he said.

"But focus on your family and remember it is the Government that afforded you and your parents to relocate overseas for a better future."

Three men have been charged for allegedly conspiring to assassinate the Prime Minister. 

The accused are Malele Paulo - also known as King Faipopo - Lema’i Faioso Sione and Taualai Leiloa. 

“The evidence includes the use of social media from within and outside of Samoa," a Police statement said. 

"As we continue our investigation, we will explore other jurisdictions and determine whether overseas nationals or entities were directly involved and where the evidence is confirmed, there will be further charges.

"Along with the Office of the Attorney General, we have engaged our international law enforcement partners to assist with investigation, which extends our enquiries outside of Samoa.”

 The statement further states the Police take any threat against the Prime Minister of Samoa very seriously and the full weight of law enforcement and its resources will be used to investigate the matter.

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