18 Aug 2008

Samoa court hears another village banishment appeal

10:10 am on 18 August 2008

A village elders decision in Samoa to banish a mother and her five children because of an alleged adultery linked to the killing of a man in June is being challenged in court.

Fuatino Langkilde, is seeking an interim injunction for her return to the village because , her lawyer said in court, the village land is a freehold property and allegations of adultery against her have not been proved

Her lawyer has also argued the mother and her children should not be

punished because of the murder charge her husband faces.

However the lawyer for the village said the council of elders held the right to decide who lived in their village.

He said the village had a code of conduct which the woman had breached.