Top prosecutor resigns from Attorney General's Office
The lead prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, Magele Leone Mailo-Sua has resigned from her post this week.
Magele confirmed her resignation and declined to comment further in response to questions about her decision to make her exit.
Questions sent to the newly appointed Attorney General, Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale were not responded to by press time.
In those questions, Savalenoa was also asked about claims that she sought the assistance of a senior private lawyer on a contractual basis, to lead the criminal team pending a new replacement for Magele.
The Assistant Attorney General's resignation comes after just weeks when the new Attorney General was appointed.
Magele has been employed with the Attorney General's Office for nearly 15 years and has prosecuted over 800 cases.
She was the lead prosecutor for high profiled cases like Kolani Junior Lam, Peter Tulaga and others including those who allegedly plot the assassination of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.
The charges are against King Faipopo also known as Malele Paulo and Faioso Sione.
Lam was convicted and is currently in jail for the murder of former C.E.O. of Unit Trust of Samoa, Sau Justina Sau. While Tulaga is serving 28 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of Frysna Rimoni who survived a fatal shooting.