Alleged plotter against P.M. back in custody

One of the two men accused of conspiring to murder the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is back in Police custody. 

Lema’i Faioso Sione was arrested on Monday and placed back in custody for breaching his bail conditions. 

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday and said that Lema’i had failed to sign in at a Police station as required under the terms of his bail.

Lema’i, together with co-defendant Malele Paulo - better known as King Faipopo - wasreleased on bail last month after spending six months in custody. 

The men were released on the condition that they sign in at a Police station twice a week, surrender their travel documents, and refrain from contacting prosecution witnesses. 

They were told to stop discussing matters concerning the charges against them on social media and for them  not to contact Talalelei Pauga, who is alleged to have conspired with them. 

Lema’i and Paulo have been fighting to be released on bail for the last six months pending their trial. 

They have both pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister. 

A third man accused of being party to the plot, Taualai Leiloa, has already pleaded guilty to the charges against him. 

His sentencing is slated for November this year. 

Since the men were released on bail, security at the Prime Minister’s Ululoloa residence has been increased. 


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