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King Faipopo pleads for medical help

One of three men accused of conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has told the Court he is unwell and needs to see a doctor. 

Malele Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, made the request when he appeared in the Supreme Court on Monday with co-defendant, Lemai Faioso Sione. 

The pair took the stand to schedule a date for an urgent bail hearing. 

The third defendant, Taualai Leiloa, is being dealt with separately. 

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister.

Before Justice Leitaualesa Daryl Clarke, Paulo told the Court he hasn’t eaten for five days because he is allergic to tinned fish used by the Prisons authority to feed prisoners. 

“I have diabetes and I’m concerned about my health,” said Paulo. 

“I don’t understand why others are allowed to be taken to the hospital but not me, Malele Paulo. I haven’t eaten for five days because I don’t eat tinned fish, it gives me heart burns.”

In response, Justice Leiataualesa told Paulo that the Samoa Prisons and Correction Services are directly responsible for the matter he raised. 

He reminded the accused that if they have concerns in relation to their health, the lawyer representing them can make an application to help them. 

Lawyer, Tufuga Fagaloa Tufuga, acting on behalf of Unasa Iuni Sapolu, represented the men on Monday. 

Justice Leiataualesa then adjourned for a bail hearing on 17 February 2020. 

Lemai and Paulo have been in custody since August last year when they were charged for allegedly planning the assassination of Tuilaepa. 

The third defendant, Leiloa initially pleaded guilty to the same charge but later vacated his plea to not guilty. 

Leiloa is remanded on bail while Lemai and Paulo are in custody for now five months. 

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