A.G. Office yet to indicate if extradition is on

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to indicate whether it has acted on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive to begin the process to extradite Malele Paulo or “King Faipopo”.

Last month the Prime Minister outlined, in a press release issued by the Press and Communications Division of his office, that he has given instructions for the extradition process to begin to bring Malele Paulo to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

“The Prime Minister's complaint centers on recent accusations posted by Paulo on YouTube and later posted on the Social Media via Facebook accusing Tuilaepa of murder and smuggling firearms.

The Prime Minister has also filed a criminal complaint with police to initiate the process,” stated the press release.

The Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff did not respond to emails that were sent to him by the Samoa Observer, with an automated response indicating that he is currently overseas and all queries be referred to Acting A.G. Loretta Teueli. To date, Ms Teueli has not responded to the emails and messages left at the office. 

Last month Malele Paulo posted a video on Facebook challenging the Prime Minister to go and get him in Australia. 

“I ain’t scared of anyone on this earth Tuilaepa Sailele. Don’t try and scare me because I am not afraid of you and I have said it so many times I am only scared of God.

“I have apologised to the country but you did not reply to my apology. I apologise to the country not you and you did not respond,” he stated in the video. 

As reported earlier, the Prime Minister has clarified that he is not meddling with people exercising their freedom of speech or freedom of expression, but said he took exception when his own rights are violated. 

“I take issue when the rights of the innocent, like myself are violated through lies and deceit. This kind of lying and attacking members of the community through social media is what the law was designed to prevent,” he added.

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