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Paulo and Lema'i granted bail

After six months being kept in custody for allegations of conspiring to murder the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, two accused plotters have been granted bail. 

Malele Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, and Lema’i Faioso Sione were released on Friday after the Court granted a bail application. 

Supreme Court Judge Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren granted bail for the accused with strict conditions. 

Justice Tafaoimalo pointed out that due to the nature of proceedings and to ensure the defendants are given a fair trial the publication of the facts alleged in the ruling is prohibited. 

Paulo and Lema’i are at liberty on conditions that they surrender their travel documents and refrain from contacting the alleged victim and any prosecution witnesses. 

The men are also ordered not to contact Talalelei Pauga who is alleged to have conspired with them. 

The Supreme Court Judge added the men are to sign in with Police twice a week and are forbidden from posting on social media about the proceedings and anything that might disturb the peace. 

Lema’i and Paulo have both pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister. 

Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu represented the men.

The third accused in the matter, Taualai Leiloa, has already pleaded guilty to the charges. 

His sentencing is pending until November this year. 

After the proceedings, Paulo and Lema’i were moved to tears as their supporters greeted them outside Court.

Outside Court, the men thanked their supporters for their prayers and words of encouragement.

The men expressed their gratitude for being freed from custody and called for peace. 

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