Olo, Liquor Board hearing adjourned

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By Deidre Tautua-Fanene, 30 October 2018

The Supreme Court has adjourned a court hearing between the Liquor Board and Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

The politician has taken the Liquor Board to court over its decision to shut his Blacknose Bar at the S.L.C. Complex in Apia, following the alleged assault of a customer. 

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According to information submitted in Court, the bar was closed in August last year after Epi Leo Tuimauga – the secretary of the Board – wrote and ordered the business’ closure after they received a police report that alleged a security guard assaulted a customer on June 23, 2017 as well as complaints from residents of noise allegedly coming from the entertainment facility.

The matter went before Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa on Monday with counsels Kirsten Kruse representing the Liquor Board and Leiataualesa Komisi Koria representing Olo Fiti.

During the proceedings, Ms. Kruse made an application for the matter to be adjourned for another two weeks so that they can file a response. 

“Your Honour, I act for the defendant in this matter and it’s a matter for first mention. Therefore, we are respectfully seeking a two-week adjournment for us to file our response,” she submitted.

Justice Tuatagaloa granted the application and adjourned the matter to November 12.

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By Deidre Tautua-Fanene, 30 October 2018

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