A.G. walked out in middle of court: court registrar

Attorney General, Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale has reportedly “walked out” in the middle of a urgent hearing that was presided over by Chief Justice his Honour Satiu Simativa Perese; Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren Sunday morning.

The motion by the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T) party to overturn an order from the Head of State to suspend Parliament's scheduled swearing-in on Monday, made via a late-night order issued on Saturday, was supposed to be held in Chambers.

However a court registrar, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said the hearing was in session when the Attorney General exited the chamber despite the Chief Justice asking her to sit.

“[The A.G.] walked out and the Chief Justice repeatedly told her to sit down several times but she left,” said the registrar.

The media saw the Attorney General leave the court precinct close to noon and are now waiting for officials from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration to meet with the media to advise of the outcome of the “hearing”.

The registrar told the Samoa Observer the Court is awaiting order to be signed by the Head of State.

In a statement issued Saturday night, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, announced that he was suspending Parliament "pursuant to his constitutional authority".

Efforts were made to get comments from Savalenoa but were not successful.

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