6 Oct 2008

Lawyer from NZ hides from police in Apia

10:27 am on 6 October 2008

Another Samoan lawyer based in New Zealand, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has sought refuge with her daughter, who is also a lawyer, at the New Zealand High Commission office in Apia for protection following an attempt by the police to arrest her last Friday.

The assistant police commissioner and spokesman, Papalii Li'o, says the lawyer is wanted as part of investigations into a complaint filed by the Ministry of Justice over allegations that insults were levelled at several justice office staff.

Leulua'ilii and her daughter were involved in a court hearing, but the proceedings were cancelled after the chief justice, Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, and two other lawyers involved in the matter were informed of the situation.

The police say charges against the lawyer are yet to be filed because investigations are still being carried out.

However Leulua'ilii and her daughter arrived back in New Zealand yesterday morning

She is the second overseas based Samoan lawyer to be accused of using insulting words after the arrest of another woman lawyer from New Zealand, Iuni Sapolu, a week ago.

She was charged over her use of language along with obstructing police.